Tsai, Abe Talked on Phone About Lifting of Ban 福島食品解禁前 蔡與安倍通話談CPTPP

Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a phone call that the biggest obstacle for Taiwan to join the CPTPP  could be eliminated after Taiwan lifted its import ban on Japanese food products from five prefectures.


An Atomic Energy Council worker explains radiation testing procedures for food to Premier Su Tseng-chang. The Tsai administration recently announced it was lifting Taiwan's import ban on Japanese food products from five prefectures affected by the Fukushima nuclear disaster. According to Su, Taiwan can inspect over 70,000 items per year, which is more than needed and more than enough to safeguard food safety. 


On the 10th, former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he thanked President Tsai Ing-wen for lifting the ban during a phone call on Jan. 31 and the greatest stumbling block to Taiwan joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership has now been removed. The Presidential Office says the conversation did indeed happen.

Su Tseng-chang, ROC Premier: “So, obviously our government made the right decision. And the government will most definitely use scientific evidence to monitor food safety and make sure not one iota of unsafe food enters into Taiwan.”

The Democratic Progressive Party is currently reviewing 13 draft amendments relating to Taiwan's CPTPP membership bid. 
Lawmakers have passed nine of the 13 so far, leaving revisions to the Patent Act, Copyright Act, Trademark Act and the Digital Communication Services Act on the table still waiting to be approved.

Chen Yun-peng, DPP Caucus Director: “The Digital Communication (Services) Act still needs to be cleaned up because Taiwan's media environment is different than other countries. (Revisions to) the Copyright Act and Trademark Act were drafted by the Executive Yuan and have been submitted to the Legislative Yuan. They have not yet been reviewed at the committee level. The Executive Yuan has not submitted (revisions to) the Patent Act yet.”

Meanwhile, an Australian parliamentary committee has expressed support for Taiwan's membership bid. In a report published on the 10th, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade said the Australian government should facilitate the U.K., Taiwan and South Korea's membership bids. Trade Sub-Committee Chair Ted O'Brien also released a statement saying, "A lesson from our experience with the U.K. is that benefits accrue from negotiating a bilateral FTA and the CPTPP at the same time, and we see merit in replicating this approach with Taiwan." The report went on to say Australia should not support China's membership bid unless China agrees to "ending its coercive trade measures and reengaging in ministerial dialogue."

 

 

原能會核研所人員向行政院長蘇貞昌報告食品放射性檢測程序,政府即將放寬日本福島地區食品進口規定,蘇貞昌特別前往視察檢驗量能,蘇貞昌表示全國每年可檢驗數量超過7萬件,超過國內所需,足以維護食安。另外日本前首相安倍晉三10日表示,總統蔡英文1月31日與他電話會談時表示,將大幅解除對日本福島五縣食品進口管制,他向蔡總統表達感謝,也認為台灣申請加入CPTPP已經跨越了最大的障礙。總統府證實,兩人曾就日本食品管制措施與加入CPTPP等議題交換意見。

蘇貞昌說:「可見我們政府做對了,而政府一定嚴格依科學證據把關,讓國民食品安全絕對滴水不漏。」

除了檢視檢驗量能與相關把關機制,執政黨也盤整加入CPTPP的13項相關法案,目前立法院已經通過其中9項,剩下的《專利法》、《著作權法》、《商標法》、與《數位通訊傳播服務法》,將會加快修法進程。

民進黨立院黨團幹事長鄭運鵬指出,在《數位通訊傳播服務法》方面,因國內媒體生態跟其他國家不一致,因此數位通訊傳播服務法仍有待商榷。至於《著作權法》跟《商標法》已從行政院院會送到立法院來,但尚未交付到委員會,另外《專利法》的部分,行政院則是尚未送至立法院。

除了日本,澳洲國會也對我國加入CPTPP表示正面態度,外交、國防和貿易聯席委員會10日發布報告建議,澳洲政府應促進英國、台灣和南韓加入CPTPP,貿易小組主席歐布萊恩還透過新聞稿表示,根據過去與英國的談判經驗,同時談判雙邊自由貿易協定和 CPTPP 會有好處,建議澳洲與台灣就雙邊自由貿易協定進行談判。報告也認為中國如果想要加入CPTPP,應該要結束強制性貿易措施,與澳洲重新進行部長級對話。
 

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