Re the Sept. 9 Other Views article, Trade opportunities beyond the Americas. Beyond trade and investment, the Trade-Pacific Partnership has important security implications and as the U.S. looks to the Asia-Paciﬁc, Taiwan presents an opportunity for economic partnership.
A regional free-trade agreement without Taiwan would be unthinkable, which would render the regional integration incomplete and ineffective to the disadvantage of American interest.
The bilateral trade between Taiwan and the U.S. reached $63.6 billion in 2013. In the first quarter of 2014, Taiwan became the 11th largest U.S. trading partner globally.
Washington’s support for Taiwan’s membership would make trans-Pacific trade more open, which is why the U.S. should support Taiwan’s ultimate entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Taiwan’s inclusion would benefit the U.S. and other members.
Taiwan’s inclusion would benefit the United States and other members.
Kent Wang, advisory commissioner, Overseas Chinese Affairs Council of Republic of China (Taiwan), Potomac Falls, VA