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Ma should aim for TPP: trade group

‘LEFT BEHIND’:Taiwan should seek membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership now, instead of Ma’s stated goal of eight years, the US-Taiwan Business Council said

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

“In the fall of 2013, Premier Jiang should then submit a series of legislative changes to the Legislative Yuan that could be debated and enacted over the following nine months,” he said.

Hammond-Chambers added that by the summer of next year, Taiwan should present its application to the negotiating countries of the TPP and request membership as a founding member since Taiwan would by then already be near full compliance with the terms and conditions of the TPP.

“Such an achievement would represent the perfect complement to President Ma’s first term success with ECFA,” Hammond-Chambers said

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