China, November 2009
November 15-18, 2009
14,336 miles total
United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk arrived in Beijing, China on November 15, 2009, as part of the United States delegation to join President Obama on his visit to China. While in Beijing, Ambassador Kirk met with members of The American Chamber of Commerce in the People's Republic of China (AmCham-China) and participated in a series of bilateral meetings with his Chinese counterparts.
On November 15, Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Gary Locke met with members of AmCham-China for a town hall event, discussing issues from developing clean energy technology to improving IPR enforcement in China. AmCham-China is a Beijing-based, non-profit organization representing the interests of some 2,500 companies and individuals doing business throughout China.
Ambassador Kirk's visit to Beijing came on the heels of the 2009 U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), held October 28-29 in Hangzhou, China. Ambassador Kirk co-chaired the meeting with Commerce Secretary Locke. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack also participated in the JCCT to address key economic and trade priorities. At the JCCT, China agreed to improve market access for American energy companies, reopen its market to U.S. pork, and clamp down on internet piracy.