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China Urges Progress in Investment Protection Pact with U.S.
    2008-12-04 14:35:17     Xinhua

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (left) and the U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (right) co-chaired the opening dialogue on Thursday morning's fifth strategic economic dialogue (SED). [Photo: cnsphoto]

China hopes to join with the United States to "actively promote" negotiation for a bilateral investment protection accord, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in Beijing Thursday.

Wang made the remarks when addressing the opening morning of the fifth China-U.S. strategic economic dialogue (SED). He said strengthening bilateral investment protection would help establish a fairer, more transparent and predictable environment for mutual investment.

Wang said negotiation for the signing of a bilateral investment protection agreement has made positive progress. He called on the two sides to make concerted efforts to advance the negotiations based on the principles of equality, cooperation and mutual benefit while taking into consideration the situation of each country and balancing the major concerns of both sides.

Mentioning current trade disputes between the nations, Wang noted a fair and open international trade system is conducive to the healthy development of the world economy.

"China is willing to work with the United States to combat trade protectionism in any forms and support the resumption of the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Doha round talks for comprehensive and balanced outcomes", Wang said.

Initiated by the two presidents in 2006, the twice-yearly SED is the highest-level among the existing China-U.S. dialogue and consultation mechanisms. This week the two-day meeting is being held in Beijing.

Wang and the U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are co-chairing the current dialogue as special representatives of President Hu Jintao and President George W. Bush.

 
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