Regarding the April 20 editorial “Trade pact showdown”:
Negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership are in the final stages, and trade-promotion authority consideration appears to be just around the corner; the only problem is that a regional trade pact that excluded Taiwan would be inconceivable and render the regional integration to the disadvantage of U.S. interests.
Taiwan last year vaulted over India and Saudi Arabia to become the 10th-largest U.S. trading partner, as two-way trade volume reached $63.6 billion. Taiwan’s inclusion in the trade pact would benefit the United States as China promotes the “Asia-Pacific dream” to counter the U.S. “pivot.” Congress needs to swiftly give President Obama authority to finish negotiating one of the world’s largest trade accords and then work toward including Taiwan.
Kent Wang, Potomac Falls
The writer is an advisory commissioner for the Overseas Community Affairs Council of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the United States.