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Bio: Even for a group that has clocked thousands of miles and performed at hundreds of venues across the country, it’s amazing that discovering a sound still proves to be the most significant challenge in a band’s journey. So if there’s anything that the Brooklyn based rock band The Energy has learned... See Full BioMore Info
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Taiwans Economic Development, Relations with Mainland China, and the bid for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wed, May 14, 2014 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM C. K. CHOI BUILDING FOR THE INSTITUTE OF ASIAN RESEARCH. Taiwans Economic Development, Relations with Mainland China, and the bid for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Taiwan is one of the worlds top 20 economies, with the growth of the economy starting to soar in the 1970s, it went from the gross national income per capita US$50 all the way to about US$21,000 this year. The economic performance of Taiwan over the past few decades has been both strong and stable, and its GDP was USD 474.3 billion in 2013, making Taiwan the worlds 18th largest economy in terms of trading volume in 2012. Taiwan is also very unique in terms of its cross-Strait relations with Mainland China. Since President Ma Ying-jeou took office in May 2008, non-governmental and semi-governmental exchanges between the two sides increased, the links of transportation, commerce, and communications were restored. In 2010, Taiwan and Mainland China concluded the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement, also known as ECFA. As Taiwans economy is heavily dependent on trade, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a free-trade pact being negotiated among 12 Pacific Rim countries, naturally becomes significant not only to reduce tariffs and to want other non-tariff barriers to open markets, but to also establish standards on a range of issues affecting trade and international competition. In Taiwan, 40% of its trade takes place with existing TPP members and members-to-be. The importance of TPP for Taiwan is reflected in 3 major areas: the economy, domestic reforms, and political security. Taiwan has evaluated its readiness for the TPP and expressed interest in becoming a member; on February 17th, 2014, all representatives of Taiwans overseas offices were requested to return to the capital for training on Taiwans roadmap to the TPP.
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