January 8, 2016

ADMIT ANY DEMOCRACY THAT WANTS TO JOIN:

Time to let Taiwan into the TPP : The Premier of Taiwan argues that it's time for his country to join the pact. (MAO CHI-KUO 12/21/15, TIME)

The conclusion of negotiations on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in October is expected to have profound impacts on economic integration in the Asia-Pacific region. Tighter economic and trade relations promote stable regional development, and peace in the Asia-Pacific in turn serves U.S. interests.

There are currently 11 other nations in the agreement, from Canada to Singapore, all coming together to forge new standards and fostering a new level of openness in world commerce. As a critical link in the region's supply chain, Taiwan should no longer be excluded.

Taiwan is among the U.S.'s longstanding strategic and trade partners in this part of the world. The two countries share the values of democracy, freedom and human rights, and Taiwan is the U.S.'s 10th-largest trading partner. Over the years as it has worked side by side with the U.S. on challenges in the international competitive environment, Taiwan has proven its ability to fill a crucial role in the global supply chain.


Posted by at January 8, 2016 6:14 PM

  

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