U.S.-Taiwan Free Trade Talks Stalled By IP Concerns

Law360, New York (October 12, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Talks between Taiwanese and U.S. officials over a possible bilateral free trade agreement have been stalled by U.S. concerns over intellectual property rights, among other things, the China Post reported.

President Chen Shui-bian's economic advisor, former Prime Minister Vincent Siew, met with a senior official at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday. He was told that the U.S. remains unwilling to enter into negotiations until Taiwan resolves several "thorny issues" involving intellectual property rights, pharmaceutical pricing and quotas on rice imports,...
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