U.S., Taiwan to hold economic dialogue on Nov. 20

11/11/2020 11:06 AM
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Keith Krach (left), U.S. under secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, speaks with Taiwan
Keith Krach (left), U.S. under secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, speaks with Taiwan's Economics Minister Wang Mei-hua (right) at the memorial service of late Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui on Sept. 19. CNA file photo

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Washington, Nov. 10 (CNA) The United States and Taiwan are scheduled to hold a dialogue on economic prosperity on Nov. 20, and State Department official Keith Krach will lead the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday.

Pompeo said at a news briefing that the Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue will help the U.S. and Taiwan strengthen cooperation in several areas, from safe and secure supply chains to a clean and secure 5G network and health security.

"The dialogue signifies that our economic relationship with Taiwan -- a vibrant democracy and a reliable partner -- is strong and growing," Pompeo said.

According to Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴), Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the U.S., the dialogue will be held both in person and virtually as a precaution because COVID-19 shows no signs of fading.

Hsiao said Vice Economics Minister Chen Chern-chyi (陳正祺) will lead a delegation to Washington to attend the meeting in person while other high-ranking government officials will participate online.

"We welcome the Economic Prosperity Partnership Dialogue, which will help to further strengthen the robust economic relations between Taiwan and the U.S.," Hsiao said on her Twitter page.

Krach, the under secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, previously visited Taiwan in September, in what was the highest-level visit by a U.S. State Department official in more than three decades.

The main purpose of the visit was to attend the memorial service of late President Lee Teng-hui (李登輝), who passed away on July 30 at the age of 97.

But he also discussed the planned economic dialogue and topics such as Indo-Asia strategies, a global supply chain reshuffle and clean 5G networks with Taiwanese government officials.

The Nov. 20 event is being organized by the American Institute of Taiwan and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Washington.

(By Stacy Hsu and Frances Huang)

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