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Former vice president to push Taiwan’s TPP bid in Washington

Focus Taiwan News Channel, Taiwan

Former vice president to push Taiwan’s TPP bid in Washington

11 November 2013

By Lin Shu-yuan and Maia Huang

Washington D.C., Nov. 6 (CNA) Former Vice President Vincent Siew will lead a business delegation on a visit to the United States later this month to drum up support for Taiwan’s efforts to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to Taipei’s representative office in the U.S Wednesday.

Siew’s 18-member delegation will depart Taiwan Nov. 16 for San Francisco, New York and Washington D.C, where he is scheduled to give a 15-minute speech on Taiwan’s current economic situation and its prospects for the future, the office said.

His speech at a conference at the Brookings Institution will mark the first time that a former vice president of Taiwan will be advocating publicly in the U.S. capital for the island’s inclusion in the TPP, a free trade agreement currently being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim countries.

In addition, Siew will meet with members of Congress and will represent Taiwan in negotiations with the U.S on a bilateral investment treaty, the representative office said.

In New York, the first leg of the trip, the delegation will meet with business executives at a forum and will be briefed by developers of shale gas on business opportunities in that field, it said.

Members of the delegation will include Foxconn Technology Group President Terry Gou, Formosa Plastics Group Vice Chairwoman Susan Wang, Far Eastern Group Chairman Douglas Hsu and TECO Group Chairman Theodore Huang, the office said.

Lin Yi-fu, Taiwan’s former representative to the World Trade Organization, and Phillip Yang, who resigned as the National Security Council deputy secretary-general in August, will also be part of the delegation.

The group is scheduled to return to Taiwan on Nov. 27 after stopping in San Francisco.