U.S. Trade Interests, WTO Implementation to Top
BANGKOK, THAILAND - United States Trade Representative Robert B.
Zoellick will visit China October 19-21 after attending the Ministerial Meeting
of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Zoellick
will travel to Beijing and Shenyang, the capital of Liaoning province in
northeast China, to meet with senior Chinese officials, business and academic leaders and
students. Topping the agenda will be U.S. trade interests in China, including China’s
implementation of its WTO commitments, and the important role that China plays in the
regional and global economy.
"China is increasingly a major factor in the global marketplace,
and is playing an important role in expanding markets and fueling economic growth.
Although U.S. exports to China are rising quickly, it is important that we do
more to promote access for America’s world class goods, farm products and services in China,"
Zoellick said. "Our markets are open to China, and I will emphasize the importance of
ensuring fair access for U.S. products to China’s markets as well."
"The Chinese economy and consumers will benefit from more openness
to U.S. goods. American farmers, manufacturers, and service providers are ready
to compete in China, but to do so, they need full and fair access and assurance that
their brand names and innovations will be protected," Zoellick said. "China is a dynamic
and diverse economy, yet it faces many challenges of development as well. I look
forward to visiting the northeast and learning of Shenyang’s challenges, including the
possibilities of mutual beneficial relationships with American firms."
In Shenyang on Monday, Zoellick plans to meet with provincial
officials to discuss the ways in which increased access by U.S. firms for goods, farm
products and investment can speed the economic reform process in one area facing a
difficult transformation. He will also visit a factory that processes U.S. farm products, and
markets where U.S. goods are sold.
In Beijing, Zoellick plans to meet with senior leaders to discuss
China’s reform plans, its WTO implementation schedule, increasing protection for U.S
intellectual property, and how increased access for U.S. products and firms contributes to
China’s development. Zoellick will also meet with university students to discuss their
perspectives on reform, and on how globalization is changing China.
This visit will be Zoellick’s fifth trip to China as USTR and his
third since China’s accession to the WTO nearly two years ago.