United States reiterates it’s stance on Taiwan TPP bid
The United States repeated Tuesday its stance on Taiwan’s bid to join the U.S.-led TransPacific Partnership (TPP), saying that it welcomes Taiwan’s interest in the regional trade bloc.
Asked about Taiwan’s TPP bid, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties, repeated remarks made last Thursday by Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman in Taipei after talks under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
“As Ambassador Robert Holleyman said following the TIFA Council, ‘ We welcome Taiwan’s interest in TPP ... (but) any TPP candidate must demonstrate that they are prepared to meet the high-standard goals and objectives set by the current TPP members. Decisions on new members are by consensus of all the current TPP members,’” the AIT said.