The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) yesterday urged the government to rescind its decision to allow imports of US pork containing traces of ractopamine, saying that the policy might not lead to a trade agreement.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Aug. 28 announced that from Jan. 1 Taiwan would set permissible residue levels of the animal feed additive in imported pork, and ease restrictions on imports of beef from US cattle aged 30 months or older.
The decision was “based on our national economic interests and consistent with our overall strategic goals for the future,” Tsai said at the time.
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KMT Culture and Communications Committee director-general Alicia Wang (王育敏) told a news conference in Taipei yesterday that US president-elect Joe Biden indicated in an interview that until the US solves its domestic labor, education and economic problems, it would not sign any new trade agreements with other countries.
In an interview with New York Times opinion columnist Thomas Friedman published on Wednesday last week, Biden said: “I’m not going to enter any new trade agreement with anybody until we have made major investments here at home and in our workers,” and in education.
Biden’s remarks mean that Taiwan might not be able to get a bilateral trade agreement or free-trade agreement in return for the meat imports regulatory changes, Wang said.
“If this is the case, we have to ask the Tsai administration ... will it still allow imports of ractopamine pork on Jan. 1 as scheduled?” Wang said, adding that the KMT wants Tsai to withdraw the decision.
Some Taiwanese had reluctantly accepted the ractopamine policy if it meant Taiwan would sign a trade deal with the US, she said, adding that the reality indicated that was not the case.
There is still time to reverse the decision, committee deputy director-general Lee Yong-ping (李永萍) said.
The Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) change of stance could at the time be explained by a possible tacit understanding between the Tsai administration and a US government led by Republican US President Donald Trump, Lee said.
However, Biden — a Democrat — is to be inaugurated on Jan. 20, she said.
The Republican and Democratic parties disagree on issues including trade, environmental protection, food safety and labor, she said.
“Is the US’ election of a new president, Biden, not a change in circumstances?” Lee asked, alluding to Tsai’s comment in her Aug. 28 speech that “circumstances have changed,” allowing Taiwan to “further open the market.”
It is unknown whether Biden’s administration would give Taiwan further support because of its changed policy on US pork imports, Lee said, adding that the DPP government should cancel the plan.
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