WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration announced on
Wednesday that the 18th U.S.- China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade
(JCCT) will be held in the week of December 10 in Beijing.
"I look forward to this important JCCT meeting. We have a number of trade and
economic issues to address. While U.S. exports to China are growing, many
barriers remain," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.
"We will be working with our counterparts in China to continue delivering
results for American workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers, and expanding
access to the Chinese market," he added.
"The JCCT is a vital forum that deals with the nuts-and-bolts of trade," said
U.S. Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab. "It has helped the U.S. and China
address and resolve challenging trade issues in the past, and we are looking for
it to do so this year as well."
Commenced in 1983, this 18th plenary JCCT session will be co- chaired on the
U.S. side by Commerce Secretary Gutierrez and USTR Schwab and on the Chinese
side by Vice Premier Wu Yi, according to a statement released by U.S. Trade
Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns will also participate in the JCCT, the
The JCCT, the bilateral venue for the U.S. and China to address trade and
market access issues, has over a dozen working groups and sub-groups that meet
throughout the year to work on a range of trade and investment issues.