US State Department official visits Taiwan, aims to strengthen trade ties

Deputy Assistant Secretary Ian Steff will meet with a number of government officials and industry representatives to discuss trade and investment issues

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U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing Ian Steff
at the Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei in March (Source: AIT)

U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing Ian Steff at the Smart City Summit & Expo in Taipei in March (Source: AIT)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Ian Steff, a senior official at the U.S. Department of State, is visiting Taiwan from Dec. 3 to Dec. 4 on a trip intended to boost bilateral the relationship in areas of trade, commerce, and investment.

Steff’s visit aims to strengthen U.S.-Taiwan trade ties, advocate for U.S. business, and advance the economic pillar of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, according to a press released issued by the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) on Monday.

Taiwan’s Foreign Ministry also said on Monday that Steff will meet with a number of government officials and industry representatives to discuss trade and investment issues.

The ministry noted that this is the second time Steff has visited Taiwan this year. In March, he took part in the 2018 Smart City Summit & Expo hosted by the Taipei City Government.

He also reportedly had private meetings with Morris Chang (張忠謀), founder of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), and other industry executives to exchange ideas about business collaboration and the protection of high-tech intellectual property during his previous trip.

As the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing, Steff is responsible for increasing the global competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers. In addition to this aspect of his work, he is currently performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets and those of the Director General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service at the request of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

Steff’s trip will also provide an opportunity for advocacy on key market access issues, as well as promote Taiwan investment in the United States, added AIT.