Fourth Round of TIFA Talks
Year & Location
2004, Washington, D.C.
- 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.