Also This Week: China and Trade

An addition to the Dispatch from the Front’s weekly schedule, a joint release from USDA, Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, “Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and USTR Ronald Kirk Convene 20th Session of U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou, China“:

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2009 — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will serve as co-chairs with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan of the 20th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) held on Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29th in Hangzhou, China. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will join this effort to address key U.S. trade and economic priorities. The 2009 JCCT marks the first time three Obama cabinet officials have traveled together to a key economic summit abroad.

The JCCT, established in 1983, is the main forum for addressing bilateral trade matters and promoting commercial opportunities between the United States and China.

“The first JCCT under the Obama Administration provides an important opportunity to engage China on trade concerns impacting American companies,” Secretary Locke said. “It is critical that we make progress on several priority issues, including intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, clean energy, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.”

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