U.S. trade protectionist policies will have a major impact on how Taiwanese companies do business. The existing Taiwan model of receiving orders, then manufacturing goods in China, which are then exported to the United States will face considerable challenges moving forward. Yet the exports of Taiwan’s intermediate goods have a positive impact on U.S. manufacturers’ final export of consumer goods. The Wilson Center’s former Taiwan Scholar Jinji Chen argues that Washington and Taipei can actually do more to enhance trade relations by pursuing a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. 

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