U.S. hopes for progress on pork, beef imports in Tsai 2nd term


By Mimi Hsin Hsuan Sun, The China Post

January 13, 2020


TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) — James Moriarty, chairman of the Board of Trustees of the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), told reporters on Jan. 11 that “the U.S. hopes for progress” on U.S. pork and beef imports to Taiwan during President Tsai Ing-wen’s second term in office.


Moriarty made the comment on the sidelines of a conference on Taiwan’s elections organized in Washington D.C. by the Global Institute Taiwan (GTI) and Project 2049 Institute.


Asked whether the U.S. government wants to see the issue of U.S. pork and beef imports resolved overt the next 4 years, Moriarty said that the U.S. hopes for progress though it is hard to predict what will happen.


“Pork and beef (imports), as we all know, has been a traditional issue that we think needs to be addressed,” said the chairman of the AIT, a non-profit, private corporation largely funded by U.S. State Department, representing U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties.


Hung Chung-hsiu (洪忠修), director-general of the Council of Agriculture’s (COA, 農委會) Department of International Affairs, the government agency-in-charge of the issue, told The China Post that Taiwan policy “remains unchanged.”


Last year, the U.S. cited Taiwan’s restrictions on imports of pork and beef from the United States as a major barrier to trade between the two sides.


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