India and the United States are adhering to a trade agreement, Indian Trade Minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday, after two years of negotiations until the end of the year, trade between Japan and the United Kingdom under an EPA between Japan and the European Union will be subject to preferential tariffs. There were fears that tariffs would suddenly rise if Britain leaves the EU, if Japan and Britain do not sign a new trade deal before 31 December, after the end of the transition period. Recently re-elected President Tsai Ing-wen is currently going through a political honeymoon that would facilitate the implementation of reforms under a trade agreement with the United States instead of a year. It is also an ideal time for the U.S. and Taiwanese government to seek a free trade agreement, but that window is closing quickly. To avoid this, the two nations opened negotiations in June and reached a fundamental agreement on Friday during a video conference between Truss and Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi. On talks between Britain and the EU on a free trade agreement, some of which say they are threatening to collapse, Truss said: “We remain committed to working hard to reach an agreement.” People have often said that the UK would never be able to conclude major trade deals outside the EU – or at least that these agreements would be bad and would take years to conclude. With this agreement with Japan, we have been wrong with critics. And as we continue to use our independence as an outward-looking trading nation and seize the golden opportunities for world trade, I am optimistic that we will do so again. Despite the open invitation of the 15-member group, the Indian government does not expect to sign the Comprehensive Regional Economic Cooperation (RCEP) agreement. “We see more value in the Trilateral Supply Chain Initiative (SCR) to reduce our dependence on China,” said a leading government source at the signing of the RCEP on Sunday. “We will not stay outside a trading bloc,” the source said.
But there are better reasons for the United States to pursue a free trade agreement with Taiwan, regardless of policy. A: Discussions with the United States remain positive and constructive and are progressing towards a comprehensive agreement. Round 8 of the negotiations between the UK and the EU is now over and we remain committed to working hard to reach an agreement. They negotiated a limited trade pact that also aims to restore zero tariffs on a series of Indian exports to the United States under the Generalized Preferences System (GSP) that the Trump administration withdrew from last year, citing the lack of mutual access to Indian markets.