Third Round of TIFA Talks

Year & Location

1998, Washington, D.C.

Chief Negotiators

  • Taiwan: Steve Ruey-long Chen, Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade
  • U.S.: Robert Cassidy, Assistant USTR

Overview of Meeting

Taiwan called upon the US to support its participation in the OECD. Both sides discussed issues of bilateral cooperation on consumer safety protection, Taiwan’s institution for protecting intellectual property rights, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) bidding dispute, export of Taiwan shrimp-products to the US, agricultural and industrial product market opening related to Taiwan’s accession to the WTO, limited import of rice, and telecommunications.

About the Taiwan-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Agreement

  • Conceived in December 1992 during USTR Carla Hill's visit to Taipei.
  • The most recent TIFA was held in October 2016 in Washington DC.
  • TIFA is the primary platform for bilateral trade dispute resolution, trade promotion, and investment cooperation between Taiwan and the U.S.