ABSTRACT

Taiwan's Accession to the WTO and its Economic Relations with the United States and China [Updated May 16, 2003]   [open pdf - 852B]

"After several years of negotiations, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization (WTO), the international organization that sets rules for most international trade, on January 1, 2002. China fought to allow Taiwan to join the WTO only as a separate customs territory and only after China obtained membership (which it did in December 2001). Trade and investment relations between China and Taiwan have boomed in recent years; China has replaced the United States as Taiwan's export market. However, political tensions between China and Taiwan remain high. In an effort to further boost U.S.-Taiwan economic ties (and to lessen Taiwan's growing economic dependency on the mainland), some Members of Congress have indicated support for a U.S.-Taiwan free trade agreement (FTA). This report will be updated as events warrant."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, RS20683
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Date:
2003-05-16
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Public Domain
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U.S. Department of State, Foreign Press Centers: http://fpc.state.gov/
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