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Taiwan's bid to join trade pact encounters political hurdles

Taiwan is the world's 16th largest trading economy and a key player in the semiconductor industry. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TAIPEI - For nearly a week in Taipei last month, a dozen foreign journalists were shuttled around for back-to-back briefings by government officials and business groups.

They were also whisked off on visits to two textile factories that supply to major international clothing brands and a bus tour of an industrial park in nearby Hsinchu city that houses the island's world-class semiconductor factories.

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