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Parliamentary questions
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13 October 2015
Question for written answer E-013764-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Amjad Bashir (ECR)

 Subject:  EU-Taiwan Trade Relations
 Answer in writing 

Taiwan is a key EU trading partner in Asia, and Parliament’s resolution of 1 October 2013 on EU-Taiwan trade relations made it clear that our relationship with Taiwan must be enhanced and deepened, and, more specifically, that efforts should be made to launch, as soon as possible, bilateral negotiations that focus on, among other things, investment protection and market access. Nevertheless, two years have passed since the resolution was adopted, and measurable progress appears to be limited.

1. Can the Commission explain in detail what developments have taken place?

2. In light of the ongoing investment negotiations with the People’s Republic of China, will the Commission ensure that deepening trade ties with Taiwan remains a priority and that it will not allow geopolitical considerations to sideline Taiwan?

3. Can the Commission give an overview of the challenges it foresees as trade and investment discussions move forward with Taiwan?

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