Prospects for a US-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement

Taiwan has a special status in the eyes of the United States, as both a leading high-technology economic partner and a source of political and security concern. Authors Daniel Rosen and Nicholas Lardy look at both the quantitative and qualitative evidence of the potential effects of a US-Taiwan free trade agreement (FTA), both for maximizing US economic benefits and for securing a prosperous and stable future for Taiwan. Their analysis indicates that the direct economic benefits of a prospective FTA would be modest and that the FTA could be most valuable to the United States if it leads Taiwan toward greater regional integration.

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