To commemorate the fifth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organization, USCIB invited speakers from the U.S. government to New York on December 14 to assess China’s progress and the issues facing the country as it continues its integration into the global economy.
The director of the Commerce Department’s China office, Cheryl McQueen, was joined by Audrey Winter, deputy assistant U.S. trade representative for China affairs. They provided an update on bilateral trade and investment discussions, including the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade as well as USTR’s recently released report to Congress on China’s compliance with its WTO commitments.
USCIB China Committee Chairman Clarence Kwan, national managing partner for U.S. China services at Deloitte & Touche, called the discussion extremely timely, noting that the WTO anniversary coincided with Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson’s trip to China with several U.S. cabinet secretaries. He welcomed the update on the current talks and long-term goals of this dialogue, and noted that USCIB looks forward to providing business input to these continued high-level discussions.
After the briefing, a reception sponsored by USCIB, the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and the Committee of 100 (and generously supported by Deloitte) brought together meeting participants as well as U.S. and Chinese government officials, including New York Chinese Consul General Liu Biwei, to celebrate China’s five-year anniversary in the WTO.
Staff contact: Kimberly Halamar