(KTSF by Lynne Ku)
John Chiang, Vice Chairman of Taiwan’s ruling party Kuomintang (KMT), is visiting the Bay Area on the way back to Taiwan after attending the 60th National Prayer Breakfast in Washington last week.
After meeting with U.S. officials and Congressmen in Washington, D.C. over the past several days, Chiang told reporters that he received strong messages from the US urging Taiwan to resume beef imports from the United States as soon as possible.
Chiang met local Chinese media including KTSF in Palo Alto today and said that he feels the U.S. beef import issue is linked to trade talks between Taiwan and the U.S. under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).
Chiang sais, “If the beef import issue is not handled properly, the TIFA talks can be suspended . ”
The TIFA talks have been suspended for about three years due to the stalled beef issue. Chiang said he had told U.S. officials and representatives that there are certain procedures for the Taiwan government to complete before easing restrictions on imports of U.S. beef.
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