Business Urges U.S., China to Minimize Tech Economy Barriers

Computers_loresNew York, N.Y., August 12, 2015 – The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) has joined leading American business and technology groups in urging President Obama to use his upcoming summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to improve the bilateral relationship for the U.S. information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

In a joint letter, the groups noted that the two countries have, for nearly four decades, “consistently pursued a mutually beneficial policy of encouraging economic openness and reducing barriers to bilateral trade and investment, including in the ICT sector.” But they said the benefits of that cooperation “are now at risk, as a result of increasing and proliferating threats to national cyber-security as well as China’s approach to defining its national security interests.”

The business groups said that, since the last U.S.-China summit in November 2014, China has “increasingly pursued policies that have adversely affected the ability of U.S. ICT firms to do business in China.” They called on the two countries to reaffirm their commitments to open markets, particularly in the ICT sector.

The groups also urged the U.S. and China to ensure that measures to protect national security affecting the ICT sector are necessary, narrowly-focused and minimize disruption to open trade and competition.

The full text of the industry letter is available at

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Staff Contact:   Barbara Wanner

VP, ICT Policy & Managing Director, Washington Office
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Barbara Wanner directs USCIB’s work on information, communications and technology issues. She works with members and government officials on a wide range of international business issue that include advocating for the continuation of the multi-stakeholder model of Internet governance and for policies aimed at promoting the stability, openness and innovative flexibility of the Internet. She represents USCIB members’ interests in several international forums, including the UN, APEC and the OECD.
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