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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
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FTAs touted as economic panacea
The nation should seek to improve its economic performance by encouraging local enterprises to enhance their research and development and marketing capabilities, and stepping up the signing of free-trade agreements (FTA) with major global trading nations, economists said yesterday.
EU Parliament supports an Economic Cooperation Agreement with Taiwan
The European Parliament unanimously adopted a resolution to “strongly support” the concluding of an economic cooperation agreement between Taiwan and the European Union (EU).
European Parliament to pass resolution supporting Taiwan’s cause
The European Parliament is scheduled to pass a resolution on May 11 to support Taiwan’s cause. The resolution will push for the signing of a comprehensive agreement to enhance trade and economic cooperation between Taiwan and the European Union.
President Ma eyes expanded trade ties with Europe
ROC President Ma Ying-jeou said he expects Taiwan-EU economic relations to continue strengthening on the back of increased collaboration in the areas of trade, commerce and investment.
US ties visa waivers to progress on beef exports to Taiwan
Taiwan has been informed that the import ban on US beef products containing ractopamine residue could have repercussions for the nation’s long-standing request to be included in the US visa-waiver program
Not yet time to conduct official FTA talks with India: MOEA
The Ministry of Economic Affairs said Tuesday that now is not the time to engage in official talks on the signing of a free trade agreement (FTA) with India.
Taiwan, India explore feasibility of FTA
India and Taiwan have begun work on a feasibility study to pave the way for the opening of formal talks on a free trade agreement (FTA), India’s Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said Monday.
EU-Taiwan trade arrangements on right track: envoy
Negotiations on trade arrangements between the European Union (EU) and Taiwan are on the right track despite imbalance in bilateral trade and investment, according to a top EU diplomat in Taipei.
Vice economics minister quizzed over FTA plans
Some Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) lawmakers yesterday challenged officials over the government’s post-Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) plan to seek free-trade agreements (FTAs) with as many countries as possible.
ROC representative to EU to push for FTA
The Republic of China’s (ROC) representative to the European Union and Belgium, David Lin, says that ROC diplomats in Europe are set to begin pushing for a Free Trade Agreement with the EU. The ROC is the official name of Taiwan’s government.