Group pushes support for Taiwan in US
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In addition to meeting with members of the US Congress, the TCCNA hosted a tea party to promote Taiwan’s participation in the CPTPP
Writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON
Last week, a delegation from the Taiwan Chamber of Commerce of North America (TCCNA) asked Washington for support for Taiwan’s bid to join regional trade pacts and strengthen its role in international organizations.
The 14-member delegation began a three-day visit on Thursday, during which they met with officials from the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Washington office of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), as well as dozens of members of the US Congress, TCCNA President Michelle Chang (張聖儀) said at a press conference on Saturday.
The group called on members of Congress to facilitate the signing of a trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States to promote trade and commerce between the two countries by eliminating trade barriers such as tariffs, Chang said.
He also urged members of Congress to support Taiwan joining the Indo-Pacific economic framework planned by US President Joe Biden’s administration.
The delegation expressed hope that members of Congress would support Taiwan’s participation in the WHO and the World Health Assembly, Chang said.
The 75th World Health Assembly is due to open on May 22 in Geneva, Switzerland.
“We hope that at this important time, the WHO can at least grant Taiwan observer status,” Chang said.
Although the United States is not a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), the delegation also sought congressional support for Taiwan’s application to join the free trade agreement. involving 11 economies in the Pacific region, she said.
The delegation spoke with about 40 members of Congress, including US Senators Dan Sullivan and Tammy Duckworth, who visited Taiwan in June last year, Chang said.
On Thursday, the delegation met with Richard Steffens, the US Department of Commerce’s acting deputy assistant secretary for Asia, to exchange views on economic and trade exchanges with the United States, among other issues.
They met Ingrid Larson, executive director of the AIT office in Washington, and officials in charge of economic and commercial affairs of the office the following day.
The meeting, which lasted nearly an hour, focused on Taiwan-US relations and how to promote bilateral economic and trade exchanges, Chang said.
To promote Taiwan’s participation in the CPTPP, the delegation held a tea party for CPTPP member states on Thursday, which was attended by 14 representatives.
Several of the attendees were member state ambassadors to the United States, Chang said, declining to disclose the participating countries.
Attendees pledged to share the TCCNA’s message and urge their governments to support Taiwan’s bid for membership, Chang said.
The TCCNA, established in 1987, is made up of businessmen who immigrated to North America from Taiwan. It consists of approximately 40 chambers of commerce in the United States and Canada.
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