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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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Taiwan wants FTA with EU
Taiwan’s Minister of Economic Affairs, Yiin Chii-ming, said yesterday that Taiwan wants an FTA with the EU.
Taipei aims to throttle Taiwan-Dominican Free Trade Deal
Taiwan president Ying Jeou Ma today said he’s interested in accelerating talks for a Free Trade Agreement with Dominican Republic, for which his country’s representatives were already instructed to expedite them.
Taiwan-Honduras free trade pact goes into effect
Taiwan’s free trade agreement (FTA) with Honduras has gone into effect, further expanding trade ties between Taipei and Tegucigalpa, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
Singapore offers FTA pact
President-elect Ma Ying-jeou has expressed his wish to resume talks on a free trade agreement (FTA) with Singapore under the name the island uses at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
FTA with El Salvador effective tomorrow
The free trade agreement (FTA) between Taiwan and El Salvador is set to take effect tomorrow, Ministry of Economic Affairs officials said yesterday.
Taiwan concerned about exclusion from Thai FTA
Taiwan expressed concerns on Monday over the possible impact on the country resulting from its exclusion from Thailand’s free trade agreement (FTA) network.
Vanuatu/Taiwan bilateral trade agreement still in place, says Taipei
Taiwan says the bilateral trade agreement it signed with Vanuatu in 2004 still needs to be implemented. However the current Government led by Ham Lini is a staunch supporter of the One China Policy.
Dominican Republic and Taiwan to sign trade accord soon
Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian said he hopes Taiwan and the Dominican Republic will sign a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) as soon as possible to benefit enterprises in both countries.
Taiwan, Nicaragua ratify free-trade agreement
Taiwan and Nicaragua ratified their free-trade agreement in Taiwan Thursday, further liberalizing trade.
Guatemalan president re-affirms ties with Taiwan
Guatemalan President Oscar Berger says his country will maintain ties with Taiwan. He was meeting with Taiwan’s President Chen Shui-bian on Wednesday when he made the pledge.