Taiwan trade minister John Deng applauds next to deputy US trade representative Sarah Bianchi as Taiwan’s ambassador to the US Hsiao Bi-khim and Ingrid D Larson, managing director of the American Institute in Taiwan’s headquarters, sign the trade agreement in Virginia on Thursday. Photograph: TECRO/Reuters
The Guardian/AFP: Taiwan hails ‘comprehensive’ trade deal with US as China issues warning
Agreement designed to deepen economic ties ‘signals a new beginning’, says Taiwan cabinet spokesperson
The United States and Taiwan have signed a trade deal aimed at deepening economic relations between both sides – in a move that has sparked a warning from Beijing.
Taiwan’s government has described the deal as “the most comprehensive” trade agreement signed with Washington since 1979.
The pact is “intended to strengthen and deepen the economic and trade relationship” between both sides, Sam Michel, a spokesperson at the US Trade Representative press office said in a statement on Thursday.
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