US says more work needed to re­solve agri­cul­tural is­sues

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The United States and Tai­wan held in-depth dis­cus­sions on var­i­ous agri­cul­tural is­sues in their latest round of the ma­jor trade talks but fur­ther ef­fort is needed to en­sure progress on those is­sues, the Amer­i­can In­sti­tute in Tai­wan (AIT) said Fri­day.

The talks on Thurs­day, led by Deputy United States Trade Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robert Hol­ley­man, and Cho Shih-chao, Tai­wan’s deputy min­is­ter of eco­nomic af­fairs, sought to en­hance long­stand­ing trade and in­vest­ment re­la­tions be­tween the two sides.

The dis­cus­sions, held un­der the bi­lat­eral Trade and In­vest­ment Frame­work Agree­ment (TIFA), cov­ered a range of agri­cul­tural is­sues and the two sides agreed that “more must be done to se­cure mean­ing­ful progress on these is­sues,” the AIT said in a state­ment.

U.S. Pork not on Agenda

Although the is­sue of U.S. pork im­ports was not on the agenda of the TIFA talks, the U.S. del­e­ga­tion men­tioned that the two sides still have work to do to en­sure that Tai­wan’s food safety reg­u­la­tions are based on science and are con­sis­tent with in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, Cho said at a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day.

Tai­wan main­tains a ban on im­ports of U.S. pork that con­tain traces of the live­stock lean­nessen­hanc­ing drug rac­topamine.

In its state­ment, the AIT, which rep­re­sents U.S. in­ter­ests in Tai­wan in the ab­sence of bi­lat­eral diplo­matic ties, said that the U.S. wel­comed Tai­wan’s an­nounce­ment of steps to im­prove the pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

The mea­sures in­clude in­creas­ing hu­man and fi­nan­cial re­sources for the en­force­ment of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights, ad­dress­ing piracy on univer­sity cam­puses, and tak­ing steps to foster in­no­va­tion in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal sec­tor, the AIT noted.

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