For­eign Min­istry of­fers its con­grats on the TPP deal

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs com­mended Trans-Pa­cific Part­ner­ship ( TPP) mem­bers for reach­ing a ground­break­ing agree­ment last night and re­it­er­ated Tai­wan’s de­sire to join the eco­nomic bloc.

The Re­pub­lic of China is ex­press­ing its view as an im­por­tant player in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and a APEC mem­ber like the 12 coun­tries par­tak­ing in the TPP talk held in At­lanta, the U.S., the min­istry said.

The new agree­ment is likely to pro­mote wide and deep eco­nomic in­te­gra­tion in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and at the same time boost­ing trade.

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou has pressed the need for Tai­wan to join the TPP as early as pos­si­ble. To in­crease Tai­wan’s chances, the gov­ern­ment has launched mea­sures in or­der to en­hance Tai­wan’s free trade en­vi­ron­ment.

The min­istry has re­peat­edly voiced Tai­wan’s in­ten­tion to the 12 TPP mem­ber coun­tries and its de­sire to par­tic­i­pate in the next round of ne­go­ti­a­tion.

The U.S. State Depart­ment is re­port­edly se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing Tai­wan’s mem­ber­ship.

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