Taiwan signs trade agreement with Singapore

Taiwan and Singapore signed an economic cooperation agreement today in Singapore, removing much of trade tariffs between the two nations. A press conference is to be held shortly after the signing in Taipei. Negotiations first began in December 2010, followed by studies conducted by both sides on the benefits of such agreement. The agreement is officially between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the name used by Taiwan in the World Trade Organization, as Singapore maintains diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and is careful to not to appear to recognize the sovereignty of Taiwan. The full title of the agreement is the “Agreement between Singapore and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Partnership 新加坡與臺、澎、金、馬個別關稅領域經濟合作協定” (ASTEP 臺星經濟合作協定). Visit the website of Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs 經濟部 or International Enterprise Singapore to see the actual text of the agreement.

Earlier this year Taiwan signed a similar agreement with New Zealand (ANZTEC 臺紐經濟合作協定). Singapore is Taiwan’s 5th largest trade partner and 4th largest export market. Singapore maintains Singapore Trade Office in Taipei 新加坡駐台北商務辦事處 to represent its interests in Taiwan. Citizens of the two nations can visit the other nation without a visa and stay up to 30 days. There are multiple airlines operating flights between Taiwan and Singapore.

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Foreign Missions in Taiwan

Below is a list of diplomatic missions set up by foreign governments in Taiwan, in English alphabetical order of country name by region. States that don’t officially recognize the ROC (Taiwan) operate de facto embassies styled as cultural and trade offices. These offices are usually staffed by professional diplomats without the official diplomatic titles. Some offices have the authority to grant entry visa into their respective countries or offer consular services. Contact an embassy/consulate in a nearby city outside of Taiwan (e.g. Hong Kong, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Singapore) or your foreign ministry if your country is not represented. Taiwan’s foreign ministry maintains a list of all foreign embassies and offices.

States with official diplomatic relationships

貝里斯大使館 Embassy of Belize
薩爾瓦多共和國大使館 Embajada de El Salvador
瓜地馬拉共和國大使館 Embajada de Guatemala
海地共和國大使館 Ambassade de la République d’Haïti
教廷駐華大使館 Nuntiatura Apostolica in Sinis (Holy See)
宏都拉斯共和國大使館 Embajada de Honduras
吉里巴斯共和國大使館 Embassy of Kiribati
馬紹爾群島共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
諾魯共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of Nauru
尼加拉瓜共和國大使館 Embajada de la República de Nicaragua
帛琉共和國大使館 Embassy of the Republic of Palau
巴拉圭大使館 Embajada del Paraguay
索羅門群島大使館 Embassy of Solomon Islands
聖克里斯多福及尼維斯大使館 Embassy of Saint Kitts and Nevis
聖露西亞大使館 Embassy of Saint Lucia
史瓦濟蘭王國大使館 Embassy of the Kingdom of eSwatini (Swaziland)
吐瓦魯國大使館 Embassy of Tuvalu

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