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ECFA: US welcomes the signing of cross-strait trade pact

By William Lowther and Shih Hsiu-chuan  /  STAFF REPORTERS , WASHINGTON AND TAIPEI

Negotiations on the TIFA talks have been stalled since July 2007 over Taiwan’s ban on US beef.

“We haven’t had trade talks for a while because of the dispute [over] the beef, but we hope to resume,” Stanton said.

The US has a great trading relationship with Taiwan, its ninth-­largest trading partner, he said.

The EU yesterday issued a statement welcoming the ECFA, sayingexpansion of cross-strait economic relations has the potential to benefit trade and investment links in East Asia.

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