In the past month or so, Taiwan-US relations have developed unprecedentedly. The Wall Street Journal disclosed that the US military stationed in Taiwan to train the national army, and President Tsai took the initiative to confirm this information. Go to Secretary of State Blinken to issue an official statement in support of Taiwan's participation in United Nations system organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). Blinken even pledged to invite Taiwan to a U.S.-led democracy summit in December during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing. However, the public opinion on the island responded to these messages of deepening bilateral exchanges with the Lai pig referendum. In fact, although the main text of the Laizhu referendum (prohibition of ractopamine-containing pork from being imported into Taiwan) did not mention the United States or American pigs.
AIT has repeatedly been concerned about the Laizhu referendum and made speeches in response to the referendum. Obviously, the US diplomatic system According to the investigation and judgment, the referendum on this issue has been raised to the Taiwanese people's willingness to sign a bilateral trade agreement between Taiwan and the United States, the Taiwanese people's public opinion on Taiwan's participation in the CPTPP, or even the trust number list assessment of Taiwan-US relations. In contrast to the recent US support for Taiwan, and even the Biden administration’s preparation to integrate industrial policy with the values of freedom and democracy, in addition to the CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership), which integrates regional economic and trade, it will unite a “Technology Democracy Alliance”. (techno-democracies); Taiwanese public opinion voted no confidence in the local pro-US regime through the Laizhu referendum, which is equivalent to letting the US diplomatic system decide whether to recruit Taiwan into bilateral and multilateral regional economic and trade integration, and even higher synchronization.
The Alliance for Science and Technology for Democracy was even more hesitant. The Kuomintang launched a convoy to sweep the streets to push the referendum against the pigs in Lai (2) Photo Credit: Chuosha The Lay Pig Problem and the American Factors Joining the CPTPP First of all, a concept that needs to be clarified the most is that the United States is not currently a member of the CPTPP. If the Nalai pig referendum is passed, Taiwan will need to explicitly prohibit the entry of ractopamine-containing pork into my country. Why will it affect my country’s application for joining the CPTPP? To put it simply, the dose limit of pigs has CODEX scientific evidence to prove the harmful dose standard. Therefore, if the import is expressly marked after import or the import is expressly prohibited by law, it is a violation of the principle of fair trade. Therefore, the lifting of the ban on Laizhu is not the price of joining the CPTPP, but only an obstacle that must be removed to join the CPTPP.