US says more work needed to resolve agricultural issues
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.