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President meets with Texas governor

2010/06/21 20:00:18

Taipei, June 21 (CNA) President Ma Ying-jeou said Monday thatTaiwan and the United States are in negotiations on signing anextradition agreement and resuming talks under the Trade andInvestment Framework Agreement (TIFA) to promote bilateral relations.

During a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry at thePresidential Office, Ma noted that Taiwan is also in the process oftalks with Washington on granting visa-free status to ROC citizensfor travel to the U.S.

He said he hoped the negotiations would have positive outcomes assoon as possible.

This is Perry's first visit to Taiwan since he took office inDecember 2000, the president said, adding that Taiwan has maintainedsisterhood ties with Texas since 1988 and both sides have conductedcloser exchanges in the areas of technology, culture, education andagriculture.

Ma said that Taiwan is Texas' 12th largest export market and thatmany Taiwanese businesses are operating in the U.S. state, includingpetrochemical giant Formosa Plastics Group and Hon Hai PrecisionIndustry Co. Ltd., with investment exceeding US$5 billion.

The president also noted that Taiwan has signed a memorandum ofunderstanding (MOU) with Texas and that the Foundation forInternational Cooperation in Higher Education of Taiwan inked aletter of intent with the Texas State University System forcooperation on Jan. 25.(Garfie Li and Y.L. Kao)