WASHINGTON – Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Josette
Sheeran Shiner will lead a high-level trade enforcement team to
Beijing on May 24-26 to press for swift
implementation of recent commitments on intellectual property rights, industrial
policies, services and agriculture.
Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi made those commitments at the April 21
U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). The JCCT is chaired by Vice Premier Wu,
Commerce Secretary Don Evans and U.S. Trade Representative Robert B.
“At this year’s
JCCT, we achieved concrete results on key
U.S. trade concerns, and
China is beginning to follow through,” Ambassador
Shiner said. “We will continue to
hold China to its word on JCCT commitments and explore
opportunities for further progress in these areas and across the trade
agenda. Our goal remains to ensure
a level playing field for U.S. manufacturers, service providers, farmers
and workers and to ensure U.S.-China trade is a two-way street.”
Since the April
JCCT meeting in Washington, China has launched a nationwide crackdown on
counterfeiting and piracy, strengthened customs enforcement against the import
and export of fake goods, suspended implementation of a mandatory WiFi
encryption standard that would have disadvantaged American information
technology firms, and further opened its market to
U.S. insurance providers by lowering burdensome
Beijing, Ambassador Shiner will also discuss
China’s plans to update its national
pharmaceutical formulary. At a
meeting with USTR Zoellick last month, Commerce Minister Bo Xilai pledged that
China would update the formulary, which controls
access to medicines for China’s nearly 1.3 billion people and currently
contains no drugs produced after 1998.
Shiner will also press for greater market access for
Last week, China announced plans to suspend imports of
foreign movies for the month of July.
to innovative American medicines would mean better care and quality of life for
China’s aging population,” Ambassador Shiner
said. “And an open market for
legitimate medicines and films will give Chinese consumers more choices and a
safe and ready alternative to counterfeit and pirated
This will be
Ambassador Shiner’s fifth trip to Beijing on trade enforcement since her confirmation
by the U.S. Senate in August 2003.
Acting Assistant USTR for China Charles Freeman and Assistant USTR for
Services, Investment and Intellectual Property Rights Jim Mendenhall will
information on China’s JCCT commitments is available on the USTR
web site (www.ustr.gov).