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Trump trade negotiator wants stronger ties with Taiwan: report

U.S. President Donald Trump's nominee for trade representative has urged stronger bilateral ties with Taiwan, according to a report released Tuesday.

Robert Lighthizer, in written responses to the Senate Finance Committee, called for developing "a trade and investment policy that promotes a stronger bilateral relationship with Taiwan."

The nominee, who testified before the committee last week, also called for negotiations on ongoing issues between the two countries, including the import of U.S. beef and pork products, according to the Bloomberg report.

Lighthizer added that Taiwan's investment in the United States could help create jobs as well as spur economic growth and competitiveness, adding that if he were confirmed, his policy would be to further promote foreign direct investment in the U.S.

He also said that the administration would honor the "one China" policy.

According to the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Taiwan was the U.S.' ninth largest trading partner in 2015, with bilateral trade in goods totaling US$67 billion. Taiwan was the U.S.' 14th largest good exports market that year.

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