United States re­it­er­ates it’s stance on Tai­wan TPP bid

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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