Fourth Round of TIFA Talks

Year & Location

2004, Washington, D.C.

Chief Negotiators

  • Taiwan: Steve Ruey-long Chen, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • U.S.: Josette Sheeran Shiner, Deputy USTR

Overview of Meeting

Joint effort across relevant agencies of the Taiwan Government, TIFA dialogues were brought up to the deputy minister-level starting with the fourth TIFA meeting. In the meeting, Taiwan and the US had an extensive exchange of views on a switch by Taiwan at the WTO to a tariff quota system for rice imports, protection of intellectual property rights, telecommunications, and pharmaceuticals. The US openly stated that Taiwan had gained substantive progress in terms of protection of intellectual property rights, and telecommunication liberalization.

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.