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President asks for Canadian backing of TPP bid

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that Canada is an important member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), urging the North American country to aid Taiwan's bid to become a part of that agreement.

The president made the comments during a meeting with a delegation led by Canadian MP Chungsen Leung (梁中心) at the Presidential Office.

So far, the U.S. government has officially expressed a welcoming of Taiwan's interest in the TPP, Ma said, adding that if Taiwan becomes a part of the agreement, it will be the sixth largest trading partner among all members.

Taiwan-Canada ties are continuing to improve, Ma said, adding that the administration wishes to strengthen those ties through regional economic integration.

The government is currently discussing tax and invest agreements with Canada, and once these two agreements are signed, bilateral trade and investment between Taiwan and Canada will be enhanced, the president said.

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