What Happened: Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen called on the United States to resume bilateral trade talks under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) during a meeting with a U.S. envoy, the South China Morning Post reported Oct. 17.
Why It Matters: Taiwan's appeal for renewed talks with the United States comes as Taipei is looking to reduce its economic reliance on China. However, Taiwan's ban on imports of U.S. pork and beef will likely prevent Washington from committing itself to new talks.
Background: The United States and Taiwan have been holding high-level talks under TIFA since 1994, but both sides have not met since September 2016.
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