After the first six signatories reached their target by 2010, the CLMV countries (Cambodia, PDR, Myanmar, Vietnam) pursued the same customs policy, with the same goal to be achieved by 2015.  In 2010, the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area became the largest free trade area in terms of population and the third largest in nominal GDP. It was also the third volume of trade after the European Economic Area and the North American Free Trade Area.   The medical sector also offers Taiwan unique opportunities to deepen integration in NSP countries. Taiwan`s health care system is known throughout the region (and indeed all over the world) for its universal care, low costs and quality care for patients. The Tsai government has encouraged cooperation in the trade in medical equipment with several key NSP target countries in Southeast Asia. In July 2016, shortly after Tsai`s inauguration, Taiwan`s Foreign Trade Development Council TAITRA has sent a medical trade delegation to meet with 248 local businesses in Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar, resulting in $8.39 billion in agreements.39 But Taiwan is active this week in Washington and is participating in several dialogues that could lay the groundwork for a long-discussed free trade agreement with the United States. The framework agreement was signed by eleven heads of government on 4 November 2002 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. : Hassanal Bolkiah (Sultan of Brunei Darussalam), Hun Sen (Prime Minister of Cambodia), Megawati Soekarnoputri (President of Indonesia), Bounnhang Vorachith (Prime Minister of Laos), Mahathir bin Mohamad (Prime Minister Minister of Malaysia), Than Sh (Prime Minister of Burma), Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (President of the Philippines), Goh Chok Tong (Prime Minister of Singapore), Thaksin Shinawatra (Prime Minister of Thailand), Phan Ven Khi (Prime Minister of Vietnam) , Zhu Rongji (Prime Minister of the State Council of the People`s Republic of China).   China first proposed the idea of a free trade area in November 2000. The leaders of ASEAN and China therefore decided to discuss economic integration measures in the region the following year In Brunei, they supported the creation of an ASEAN-China free trade area.  Taiwan`s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said on Sunday that it would continue its initiative to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), an agreement derived from the Abandoned Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) after the United States withdrew from the agreement. The free trade agreement reduced tariffs to 7,881 product categories, or 90% of imported products at zero.
 This reduction came into effect in China and in the original six ASEAN members: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The other four countries are expected to follow in 2015.  The ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) is a free trade area between the ten member states of the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the People`s Republic of China. Chen will participate in the opening ceremony in Taiwan and the United States. Economic Partnership for Prosperity, Friday. It is led by U.S. Secretary of State Keith Krach, who visited Taiwan in September and signed a cooperation agreement under which this week`s meetings are being held. Taiwan on Sunday reiterated its desire to join the CPTPP and negotiators are in Washington this week to develop a possible free trade agreement with the United States. Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said last month that he supported a free trade agreement between Australia and Taiwan and Taiwan`s accession to the CPTPP at a virtual forum that also included Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.