Sun, Oct 12, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Pirated goods scuttle trade talks

By Charles Snyder  /  STAFF REPORTER IN WASHINGTON

"It's conceivable," he told the Taipei Times after the luncheon, "But time is short right now. There are so many countries in line, so to speak, that are anxious to get free-trade agreements [with the US], and to the extent that these [US-Taiwan] issues are seen as obstacles, it makes it more difficult."

Cohen was referring to the wealth of new FTAs the Bush administration has entered into and is negotiating in the wake of a law passed last year that gives him so-called "Trade Promotion Authority," or fast-track authority, to negotiate trade agreements with a reduced congressional role in the process.

Administration officials have said that those negotiations currently in the queue must be finished first before others such as one with Taiwan are begun.

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