Time not ripe for FTA talks with HK: minister

Friday, December 2, 2011

TAIPEI--It is too early to consider discussions on a free trade agreement (FTA) between Taiwan and Hong Kong as relations between the two governments are not yet sufficiently close, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-hsiang said yesterday.

Shih made the remark at a technology policy forum organized by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology when asked whether such a trade pact should be signed.

“We know we should head toward that direction but the question is how? In terms of this issue, we should do it step by step,” he said.

First of all, more exchanges need to take place, Shih went on. He added that such exchanges are taking place, pointing out as an example that the Bureau of Foreign Trade recently sent a delegation to Hong Kong, which in turn sent two groups to Taiwan.

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