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Wolfowitz to visit with US business delegation

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter in Washington

US-Taiwan Business Council chairman and former World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz is leading a large delegation of US business executives to Taipei this week.

They are to meet with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) and president-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文).

“We look forward to working with president-elect Tsai’s government to help realize her ambitious economic agenda,” council president Rupert Hammond-Chambers said.

“We will also partner with the incoming government to help Taiwan secure participation in the second round of TPP [Trans-

Pacific Partnership] negotiations as well as to champion those areas of economic reform and liberalization so pivotal to Dr Tsai’s vision for the future of Taiwan,” he said.

Wolfowitz’s delegation, consisting of senior executives from 24 US companies, are to promote trade and business relations with Taiwan.

Hammond-Chambers said that for eight years, the Ma administration had provided a stable platform for bilateral business relations and had championed advances in ties with the US.

He said the delegation would meet with Tsai and her senior national security and economic teams, most importantly during a roundtable session and sector-specific consultations.

They want to continue developing close business and security ties and explore future opportunities for cooperation that include supporting Taiwan’s membership in TPP along with other regional trade efforts.

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