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Closing Remarks/Press Statements at 21st Annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)

Wednesday, December 15, 4:00 pm

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
Closing Remarks/Press Statements at 21st Annual U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)

Opening remarks
Press release
JCCT fact sheet
JCCT Signings fact sheet

The work we’ve done today will benefit both China and the United States.  We have agreed to a variety of measures that will make America businesses more competitive in the global marketplace by China not discriminating against American companies selling everything from industrial machinery and telecom devices to equipment for large scale wind farms.  That will mean more jobs in America and a greater variety of world class products and services in China.

On the indigenous innovation front, China will revise its major equipment catalogue in 2011 and publish a draft for public comment to ensure there is no discrimination against foreign suppliers.

China has also agreed to further open markets in key future technology sectors.  In particular, they have adopted a stance of technology neutrality on 3G and future technologies -- which means the best technology wins regardless of where it comes from.

China also announced it is going to streamline the certification process for mobile devices.

On smart grid standards, we welcome the important progress made on standards development and look forward to working closely with China to enhance our cooperation in smart grid development.

We also achieved some concrete progress that will provide further opportunities for American companies to succeed in express delivery services and travel and tourism.

Finally, I look forward to partnering with China on a public campaign to reduce intellectual property rights violations and to build up the legal systems within China to more efficiently enforce IPR.