Background

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public input by July 8 on the recently announced U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade, which is intended to develop concrete ways to deepen the bilateral economic and trade relationship, advance mutual trade priorities based on shared values, and promote innovation and inclusive economic growth for workers and businesses.

Comments may be submitted to assist USTR as it develops negotiating objectives and positions for the agreements contemplated by this new initiative. In particular, commenters should focus on issues USTR should address in any negotiations, including the following:

- general negotiating objectives for the contemplated agreements

- customs and trade facilitation issues

-  transparency and good regulatory practice issues

- agriculture-related matters

- anti-corruption-related matters

- issues of particular relevance to small and medium-sized enterprises

- digital economy-related matters

- labor-related matters

- environment- and climate-related matters

- matters related to standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures

- issues related to state-owned enterprises and designated monopolies

- matters related to collaboration to address non-market policies and practices

- other measures or practices that undermine fair market opportunities for U.S. workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses

For more information, please contact Nicole Bivens Collinson at (202) 730-4956 or via email.

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