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Taiwan

Taiwan actively seeks bilateral free trade agreements, though it is hampered in this effort by its status vis-a-vis China. It has FTAs already with Panama (2003), Guatemala (2005), Nicaragua (2006), El Salvador (2007) and Honduras (2007). It is negotiating with Dominican Republic and Paraguay. And it hopes to negotiate further deals with Costa Rica, Israel, Swaziland, Japan, the US of course, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore and Mexico. Taipei’s emphasis on Central American countries as FTA partners is to gain access to the US market under NAFTA and CAFTA. But now Taiwan is in talks with China for a possible FTA following the signing of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) between the two governments in 2010.

last update: May 2012


European Parliament passes resolution on Taiwan-EU investment talks
The European Parliament passed a resolution calling for the European Commission to start negotiations with Taiwan on a bilateral investment agreement.
Taiwan pushing for foreign investment agreement with Canada: minister
Minister of Economic Affairs Shen Jong-chin has been pressing his Canadian counterpart on the issue of a bilateral foreign investment agreement.
Taiwan hopes talks under TIFA will resume this year
A Taiwanese senior trade negotiator said Thursday that Taiwan hopes that talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the United States will resume this year.
Taipei mulls renewing Jakarta deal
The agreement was designed to protect investment in each other’s territory. Taiwanese firms last year invested US$397 million in Indonesia, up 166% from 2016
US concerned over Taiwan’s meat import ban, wants its removal
This refers to Taiwan’s "zero tolerance" policy on US pork imports that contain a leanness-enhancing drug known as ractopamine
Canadian parliamentary delegation concludes successful mission to Taiwan
Taiwanese President is asking that Canada advocates for Taiwan’s inclusion in the second round of the TPP meetings and to begin negotiations on a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement deal with Canada.
Taiwan and Philippines ink bilateral investment agreement, despite protests from China
Taiwan and the Philippines sign a new bilateral investment agreement in Makati.
Taiwan, Nicaragua review free trade pact, expand benefits
Agreement was reached during the meeting on several proposals, including the increase of sugar import quotas from Nicaragua to 60,000 metric tons a year, the statement said.
Taiwan, Japan moving toward trade pact talks: official
Taiwan will continue its efforts to forge an economic partnership agreement (EPA) with Japan.
Taiwan seeks FTA-like bilateral agreement with India
Taiwan is seeking a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)-like bilateral agreement with India to boost trade and investments even as its companies are looking to relocate some of their manufacturing facilities from mainland China to India and Southeast Asia.