Saturday, April 15, 2006
Friday, April 14, 2006
In February, the United States Trade Representative delivered to Congress a comprehensive review of US-China trade relations. The review, entitled "US-China Trade Relations: Entering a New Phase of Greater Accountability and Enforcement," is available here in PDF format. Here are some of USTR Portman's comments in his cover letter:
"Despite three consecutive years of growing U.S. exports to China, our bilateral trade relationship with China today lacks equity, durability and balance in the opportunities it provides. The time has come to readjust our trade policy with respect to China."
"As a mature trading partner, China should be held accountable for its actions and required to live up to its responsibilities, including opening markets and enforcing intellectual property rights. We will use all options available to meet this challenge."
Thursday, April 13, 2006
On April 11th, US Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, United States Trade Ambassador Rob Portman, and US Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns met with Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi for the 17th annual senior-level meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). The JCCT is a structure established in 1983 for dialogue between the US and Chinese governments on issues affecting US-China trade and investment.
The Department of Commerce press release is here. Scroll down to the bottom of the press release for links to other related documents, including a transcript of the press conference where the famously tough-talking Wu Yi apparently has to explain one of her remarks by adding (in English), "It's a joke."
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
The report on the China mission of Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, was completed last month and is available at the UNCHR web site here (Word format). It is a sober and comprehensive treatment of many aspects of the criminal justice system that gives credit where credit is due but pulls no punches.
For those who don't have Word, here is the report in PDF format: Download nowak_report.pdf
Monday, April 10, 2006