Sending Office: Honorable Steve Chabot
Deadline: COB Today (Monday, December 12, 2019)
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We invite you to join us in sending a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer urging him to work toward beginning negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan.
Taiwan is a longstanding ally and a like-minded partner in the Indo-Pacific region that upholds and shares our values including a commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. Economically, Taiwan is already a reliable trading partner: it is
our 11th largest trading partner worldwide and the 8th largest export market of our agricultural products. Any potential trade deal would expand these markets and create jobs here in America. Taiwan has also expressed strong interest in negotiating a fair
and high-standard agreement and is willing to negotiate on existing market access issues that have blocked past attempts at a trade agreement.
Taiwan is facing direct and increasing challenges to its democracy and security, so it is important that the United States remain a strong ally. As the co-chairs of the Congressional Taiwan Caucus, we believe that continued work toward negotiations will
demonstrate our continued commitment to Taiwan and build upon our already prosperous partnership.
If you would like to sign on to this letter or have any questions, please contact Clare Plassche (Clare.Plassche@mail.house.gov) with Rep. Sires or Mark Erste (Mark.Erste@mail.house.gov)
with Rep. Chabot.
Albio Sires Steve Chabot
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Gerald E. Connolly Mario Diaz-Balart
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Dear Ambassador Lighthizer:
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the passage of the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA), landmark legislation that set the framework for relations between the United States and Taiwan – two countries with a shared commitment to democracy, respect for the rule
of law, and free market principles. The TRA has facilitated decades of economic, security, and trade relations that have benefited the global community and increased the prosperity of the United States and Taiwan. With this in mind, we strongly believe you
should work toward beginning negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement with Taiwan.
Taiwan is a longstanding ally and a like-minded partner in the Indo-Pacific region that upholds and shares our values. Taiwan is our 11th largest trading partner worldwide, the 8th largest export market for U.S. agricultural products, a major purchaser of
U.S. LNG exports, and the supplier of 60 percent of the semiconductors used by our manufacturers in their finished goods. Taiwan already affords its workers a high standard of labor protection, consistent with International Labor Organization conventions,
and is a leader in environmental protection in the region.
Taiwan has already expressed strong interest in negotiating a fair, reciprocal, and high-standard bilateral trade agreement with the United States. We believe an agreement with Taiwan would expand markets for American goods, including agricultural products,
by addressing existing market access issues, and could serve as a high bar for future agreements with other governments in the region. Such an agreement would encourage more investment in American industries as Taiwan’s exports would provide inputs U.S. manufacturers
need. It would also help establish comprehensive and high-standard rules for digital trade, ensuring both countries operate under the same standards and leading to the creation of high-paying jobs in the sector. As the trade and investment relationship with
Taiwan already supports an estimated 373,000 U.S. jobs, working toward the negotiation of a high-standard and comprehensive U.S.-Taiwan bilateral trade agreement would further enhance our shared goal of enhancing the global competitiveness of U.S. industries
while spurring American job creation.
Taiwan has proven itself as a loyal and beneficial partner of the United States for many years. For the last four decades, the TRA has been the cornerstone of this relationship have been set forth in the TRA and the Six Assurances. We strongly think that
your continued work toward trade agreement negotiations would demonstrate our continued commitment to Taiwan, and the region as a whole, and will be consistent with the letter and spirit of the relations that have served the United States and Taiwan so well
for the last forty years. We hope that you will consider these factors and continue to work toward this goal. As you do so, we anticipate frequent and robust consultations with Congress, including all committees of jurisdiction.
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