Taiwan's hopes for joining the TPP expressed at IDU forum
CNATAIPEI -- A representative of Taiwan's ruling Kuomintang (KMT) at the just-concluded Future Leaders Forum held by the Oslo based International Democrat Union (IDU) in Washington, D.C. has expressed Taiwan's high expectations for joining the U.S. initiated Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
October 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
Yin Wei, vice chairman of the KMT's Culture and Communications Committee, who represented the party at the Oct. 24-27 forum, said he exchanged views with representatives from participating political parties from other countries on a wide range of issues, including the TPP, international human rights, think tanks and policy planning, and environmental policies and election campaign strategies and practices.
The IDU, established in 1983, is an international alliance of political parties. The KMT joined the union in 1994, which has always addressed Taiwan as the Republic of China, Yin said.
This year, the IDU expressed gratitude to President Ma Ying-jeou and the KMT for their longstanding contributions to the union through participation in political party diplomacy.
Yin said that during the forum, Michael Moore, New Zealand's ambassador to the United States, expounded on the future of the TPP and highlighted the multilateral trade system's key role in the process of global trade liberalization and regional integration.
According to Yin, the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation signed in July demonstrates Taiwan's efforts in recent years to join economic and trade integration. He also highlighted Taiwan's endeavors to be a participant in the TPP.
The forum was attended by more than 40 political party representatives from 20 countries. Hsu Chiao-hsin, head of the KMT's Youth League, also took part.