TIFA talks to resume in first half of year: minister
CNATAIPEI--Foreign Minister David Lin said yesterday that long stalled talks under a bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) between Taiwan and the United States will resume “before June.”
January 8, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
Speaking at a legislative hearing, Lin also said he believed that the resumption of the talks would further bilateral economic cooperation.
The talks under the TIFA, which was signed in 1994 as a framework for Taiwan U.S. dialogue on trade-related issues, have been suspended since 2007 due to U.S. dissatisfaction with Taiwan's restrictions on imports of American beef.
Taiwan lifted the ban on imports of U.S. beef containing traces of a controversial leanness-enhancing drug in July this year, paving the way for the resumption of the TIFA talks.
Lin also expressed the hope that talks on economic partnership agreements with Singapore and New Zealand could be completed soon.