Staff author, with CNA, New York
An agriculture business delegation from Taiwan has signed letters of intent with US officers to buy greater than US$2.6 billion of corn and soybeans from farmers in Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois.
The Taiwanese Agricultural Trade Goodwill delegation led by Council of Agriculture Deputy Minister Huang Chin-cheng (黃金城) visited the three states from Sept. 15 to Friday to signal the letters of intent, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago mentioned in an announcement on Saturday.
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, US Senator Tammy Duckworth and different state officers have been the US signatories.
Photo courtesy of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago
During the respective signing ceremonies, Reynolds and Pritzker expressed sympathy to Taiwan after a collection of earthquakes, together with a magnitude 6.8 tremor, struck the nation’s east on Sept. 17 and 18, the assertion mentioned.
During the signing ceremony in Minnesota, Walz mentioned bilateral financial and commerce relations between Taiwan and his state are steady and expressed hope that the delegation would additional deepen the friendship between the 2 sides.
Reynolds mentioned bilateral commerce between Taiwan and Iowa had grown 7 % on common over the previous 5 years.
Pritzker mentioned that Taiwan is Illinois’ third-largest agricultural commerce companion, including that he hoped for a sustainable reciprocal friendship between the 2 sides.
Meanwhile, Duckworth, whose constituency is in Illinois, mentioned that whereas Taiwan was dealing with threats from its neighbor, presumably referring to China, a Taiwan-US agricultural commerce settlement was not solely helpful to meals and livestock commerce, but in addition nationwide safety.
She mentioned she was happy to see the deepening friendship between Taiwan and the US.
During their US journey, the delegation additionally visited agriculture and biotechnology analysis parks, labs and expertise facilities on the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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