Washington – Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), Congressman Albio Sires (D-N.J.), Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), and Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus released the following statement on President Tsai Ing-wen’s announcement today that Taiwan is easing restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports.
“As Co-Chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we welcome President Tsai’s decision to revise Taiwan’s restrictions on U.S. pork and beef imports that have long impeded trade negotiations between our two countries,” the Members said. “In the face of an aggressive People’s Republic of China, we believe that such an agreement is increasingly important for the national and technological security of both the United States and Taiwan. We are eager to capitalize on the momentum this announcement has generated, and hope that Ambassador Lighthizer will reciprocate this gesture of goodwill by working towards beginning negotiations on a trade agreement with our longstanding ally, Taiwan.”
Taiwan is the United States’ eleventh largest trading partner.
On December 19, 2019, the Co-Chairs led a group of 161 House Members in writing a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer encouraging him to work towards beginning negotiations on a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan. You can read the letter here and Ambassador Lighthizer’s response here.