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Published:April 21st, 2006 05:01 EST
U.S. & China Strengthen Trade Relations

U.S. & China Strengthen Trade Relations

By Maria Grella

According to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez the Bush administration will continue to keep U.S. markets open to Chinese products, but only if China shows progress on certain issues.  Those points affected are market entry, transparency and a stronger enforcement of property rights.  If these goals are met, the United States will deter protectionists from breaking apart China trade relations.


In a press conference earlier this week, Gutierrez commented on China’s end of the deal.  "Give us more access, protect our intellectual property and give us transparency and we will be able to compete fairly in Chinese markets."  He further mentioned how there is still a substantial amount of piracy thriving in China, making it a problem regarding U.S. rights.


This is a concern for our American people.  "The American public wants to understand why intellectual property rights are not protected in China; it is important to enable the American public to see progress."


Some improvements have been made.  During recent annual trade talks, Beijing has agreed to reopen the Chinese markets to U.S. imports, such as beef and personal computers preloaded with software.  Hu Jintao, President of China, met with President Bush to further discuss the measures taken by his nation. 


In his meeting with President Hu, Bush declared how the United States’ trade relations with China are growing strong and will continue to do so.  The two countries will cooperate on security and global concerns, including the nuclear programs in Iran and North Korea, Sudan, wide-spread diseases and terrorism.


President Bush stated how profitable the trades have been, but more could be done.  With $285 billion per year and a growth of almost 21 percent of U.S. exports into China from the previous year, President Bush remarked how their trade relations "can become even stronger".  As China’s economic policies change, it will allow the United States to freely compete as Chinese companies are able to in America.


The two countries are also interested in increasing security for their people.  In the conference Bush stated, "We intend to deepen our cooperation in addressing threats to global security, including the nuclear ambitions of Iran, the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, the violence unleashed by terrorists and extremists and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction."  Bush continued to urge China to use their influence on North Korea to deter them from the propagation of nuclear weapons, and both nations would fight against natural threats.  Bush also said that should China allow their people the same freedoms as the U.S., such as the right to assemble, speak and worship freely, China would emerge as a greater nation. 

President Hu responded, saying his purpose for the trip was to “enhance dialogue, expand common ground, deepen mutual trust and cooperation, and to promote the all-around growth of constructive China-U.S. relations in the 21st century.”  Making reference to past relations, he commented on how their friendship has grown in strength, yielding rich fruit.  Hu reiterated the common goals in regards to trade, security and health topics, reassuring that China would pursue policies that would increase science, technology, culture and education, as well as other areas. 

            For more information go to www.USinfo.state.gov.

Source: UN