US Taiwan trade talks restart despite Chinese opposition

Taiwan's chief trade negotiator John Deng said he told the US he hopes that they can free trade agreement, a deal which would be a strong show of US support in the face of relentless Chinese pressure against the island.

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The United States and Taiwan on Wednesday restarted trade talks after five years as Washington moves to boost its ties with the island despite China’s objections.Taiwan’s chief trade negotiator John Deng said he told the US he hopes that they can free trade agreement, a deal which would be a strong show of US support in the face of relentless Chinese pressure against the island.

Both sides held the long-delayed talks on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, or TIFA, virtually. These were stalled after former US President Barack Obama left office in 2016 and his successor Donald Trump’s trade representative, Robert Lighthizer, focused his attention on China, the world’s second-largest economy.

Wednesday’s talks “focused on enhancing the longstanding trade and investment relationship between the United States and Taiwan”, a statement released by the Office of the United States Trade Representative said.

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