Taiwan-U.S. cooperation and exchanges unchanged: premier

Premier Lin Chuan (林全) said on Thursday that existing cooperation and exchange programs between government agencies from Taiwan and the United States will not be changed.

The two sides will also continue to discuss the signing of related agreements, including those under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), the Premier added.

Speaking at a weekly Cabinet meeting, Lin said Taiwan has a long friendship with the U.S. and noted that the two sides have worked closely in politics, security, economics, technology, culture and other areas, according to Cabinet spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇).

Taiwan will continue negotiations with the U.S. under TIFA, with the objective of signing a free trade agreement, the premier said, adding that he does not believe existing cooperation and exchange programs will be impacted by the election of a new U.S. president.

TIFA, signed in 1994, is the primary mechanism for trade related dialogue between the U.S. and Taiwan, and provides an opportunity for both sides to discuss how to expand trade and investment while deepening cooperation.

Addressing Taiwan’s bid to join the U.S-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Lin said necessary preparations have been made, but Taiwan will adopt a wait-and-see attitude until U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s policy on the issue becomes clearer.

“We will continue to work with the U.S. and other nations in the Asia-Pacific region to maintain regional peace, stability, prosperity and sustainable development,” Lin said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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