On December 14 and 15, Commerce Secretary Locke and U.S. Trade Representative Kirk, together with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, co-chaired the 21st annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Washington, DC. General Counsel Kerry participated in this year’s JCCT, which covered a range of issues and yielded positive results, particularly China’s commitments to enhance its enforcement of intellectual property rights, adopt non-discriminatory government procurement policies, and collaborate with the U.S. in areas of emerging technology such as Smart Grid. China’s commitments will lead to increased opportunities for U.S. exporters and a more level playing field for U.S. companies operating in China.
General Counsel Kerry led the U.S. delegation’s work on commercial law cooperation. In this area, the two sides agreed to continue to promote mutual understanding of commercial legal developments impacting U.S.-China trade. The primary vehicle for this cooperation is the U.S.-China Legal Exchange, which GC Kerry co-leads. The United States and China agreed to convene the 2011 Legal Exchange in the United States in cities and on topics to be determined by mutual agreement. This builds upon the work of GC Kerry, Chinese Deputy International Trade Representative Chong Quan, and Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council Vice-Minister An Jian, who successfully led the 2010 U.S.-China Legal Exchange to Hangzhou (October 18), Wuhan (October 20), and Chengdu (October 22), which focused on U.S. export promotion activities and trade remedies laws and practices.
Read more about Commerce’s participation here.