U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will head to Beijing this week to co-chair the 24th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
The event will be Thursday and Friday with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will join them.
“This year, we're focused on making progress on areas including enforcement of intellectual property rights, market access for our goods and services, and removal of regulatory barriers,” Froman stated.
The JCCT, established in 1983, is the main forum for addressing bilateral trade issues and promoting commercial opportunities between the U.S. and China. Groups meet throughout the year to discuss intellectual property rights, agriculture, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, information technology, commercial law, services trade, regulatory barriers to exports, tourism and statistics.
“The JCCT is a critical component of U.S. engagement in Asia and an important mechanism in our efforts to further build on the U.S.-China bilateral relationship,” Pritzker stated. “The high-level JCCT meeting is the capstone of a year of work, and we are eager to engage with our counterparts on issues of mutual importance.”