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Issue: 1230 Date: 3/20/2014
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外交部對美國國務院亞太副助理國務卿梅健華公開表達美方歡迎臺灣有意加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」表示感謝

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        【聖路易時報訊】美國國務院亞太副助理國務卿梅健華(Kin Moy)於美東時間本(103)年3月14日上午出席美國聯邦眾議院外交委員會「《臺灣關係法》之承諾」聽證會,以書面證詞及於應詢時以口頭方式表示美方歡迎臺灣有意加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」(TPP),公開表達美國政府對我國推動加入該協定正面歡迎的立場。

        梅副助卿的證詞指出,上(102)年臺灣係美國第12大雙邊貿易夥伴,臺美於上年3月間重啟「臺美貿易暨投資架構協定」(TIFA)會談,藉此平臺協商多項雙邊貿易及投資事項,並透過「投資工作小組」討論包含「雙邊投資協議」(BIA)等我方關注的議題。在臺灣評估加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」意願與準備工作的同時,臺美雙方已就馬總統元旦文告中所揭櫫有關我國經濟自由化的倡議內容展開接觸。美方刻正研議與臺灣重啟洽簽「雙邊投資協議」的預備性對話,並歡迎臺灣有意加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」。

        梅副助卿有關臺美經貿關係及對我推動加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」的正面發言,充分顯示美方正視我政府為爭取加入「跨太平洋夥伴協定」所展現的決心及準備工作,外交部對美方聲明表示感謝與歡迎。我方確信兩國未來將在互信、互利及合作的基礎上,強化臺美經貿關係,並持續發展全面性、持久且互惠的堅實夥伴關係。

        ROC welcomes positive US statement on Taiwan's interest in TPP

        Kin Moy, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said March 14 in Washington that the US welcomes Taiwan’s interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

        The ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs is gratified by and welcomes Moy's remarks, which came in both oral and written testimony at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on "The Promise of the Taiwan Relations Act."

        "We are considering Taiwan's interest in restarting exploratory talks for a Bilateral Investment Agreement, and we welcome Taiwan's interest in the TPP," Moy said in his written statement to the committee. He reiterated the welcome in a response to a question from Chairman Ed Royce.

        "Taiwan was the United States' 12th-largest trading partner in 2013,"  he noted in his written testimony. The two sides resumed talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) last March, and through this platform “have been able to address and resolve U.S. and Taiwan trade and investment concerns,” he said, adding that issues discussed by the Investment Working Group have included a Bilateral Investment Agreement.

        According to his written statement, the U.S. is also "engaging with Taiwan on the sets of economic liberalization initiatives spurred by President Ma's New Year Address, as Taiwan evaluates its readiness for and interest in the Trans-Pacific Partnership." Moy's positive comments indicate the importance the U.S. attaches to the ROC government’s determination and preparations to join the TPP. The ROC government firmly believes that economic and trade ties with the U.S. will be further strengthened going forward through cooperation based on mutual trust and benefit, and wide-ranging bilateral relations will continue to develop as a strong, enduring partnership.

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