John Deng talks to Tai from the USA

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The meeting showed that the United States is firmly committed to developing economic ties, the Taiwanese official told media after their talks in Bangkok.

Minister without Portfolio John Deng (鄧振中) and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai (戴琪) discussed possibilities for deepening economic ties during the same week.

Deng and Tai “discussed opportunities to deepen economic relations, advance mutual business priorities based on shared values, and promote innovation and inclusive economic growth for their workers and businesses,” the official said. office of the U.S. Trade Representative in an emailed statement. Friday.

They met yesterday in Bangkok on the sidelines of a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade ministers.

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The pair “directed their teams to explore concrete ways to deepen the U.S.-Taiwan trade and investment relationship, and to meet again in the coming weeks to discuss the way forward. follow,” the US statement said.

They had met practically at least twice already, including last month since Tai became the sales representative in March last year.

The meeting comes as US President Joe Biden is on a five-day trip to Asia, where he seeks to strengthen engagement with regional allies to address economic and security challenges posed by China.

Earlier this week, more than 50 U.S. senators wrote to Biden urging him to include Taiwan as a partner in the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework his administration plans to roll out during the trip.

The Taiwanese delegation reaffirmed Taipei’s long-standing goal of signing a free trade agreement with the United States, Deng said in a phone interview.

“The meeting showed that the United States is firmly committed to finding a way forward in a very concrete way to develop our economic ties together,” he said, calling the meeting “very positive.”

Fourteen Chinese military aircraft flew into the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone on Friday, the Ministry of National Defense said on its website.

Beijing frequently uses such activity to signal its dissatisfaction with official interactions between Taiwan and the United States.

The United States has bolstered its support for Taiwan since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, with the visit of a group of senior senators, including U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, last month.

China reacted to this trip by organizing air and naval training near Taiwan.

Figures on both sides of the Pacific have raised the possibility of allowing Taiwan to join the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework, the Biden administration’s key initiative to counter China’s influence in Asia.

The two sides did not discuss the framework at yesterday’s meeting because the US trade office is not yet authorized to discuss Taiwan’s participation, Deng said.

In a phone call with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan this week, Director of China’s Central Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi (楊潔篪), Beijing’s top diplomat, said that if the United States United “insisted on playing the Taiwan card and lower and lower down the wrong road, this will definitely lead the situation to a dangerous point.

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