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Gutierrez: U.S. to Resolve Disagreement with China via Constructive Way
2006-03-29 20:06:07
US Commerce Secretary says Washington benefits a lot from its trade relations with China.
Visiting United States Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez says Washington benefits a lot from its trade relations with China and seeks to solve the trade disagreement with Beijing in a constructive way. While addressing a forum held in the Chinese capital on Wednesday, the U.S. commerce secretary also asked for China's cooperation to help drive back protectionism inside the U.S.  

 This is the second time the 52-year-old Cuban-born U.S. Commerce Secretary has visited China since he took office in February last year. And, the trade issue still tops his agenda.

"The United States draws significant benefits from our commerce with China. Our consumers gain additional choices and many American companies are operating profitably in China."

Gutierrez says U.S. exports to China grew by 20 percent last year, which built on a growth of 22 percent from 2004. But Washington still does not seem satisfied with those figures. Some U.S. senators have been pressing the Bush administration to take protectionist actions against Beijing, including imposing extra tariffs on imports from China, to offset the trade deficit.

Gutierrez is asking Beijing to help drive back moves for protectionism inside the U.S. and says Washington seeks to solve disagreement with Beijing in a constructive way.

"Today, China and the U.S. have a mature relationship. There is a lot of positive news and there are always points of disagreement. Our job is to tackle those issues constructively and we seek to resolve these subjects through candid, honest dialogue."

Commenting on Gutierrez's trip to China, Mei Xinyu, a Chinese researcher with the Ministry of Commerce, says the two sides need to coordinate their stances to avoid trade disputes that could affect normal bilateral trade relations.

"I think Sino-U.S. trade relations will continue to develop. We are sure to see ups and downs. They are unavoidable. But the two governments and concerned parties on both sides can work together to restrain negative effects, within certain limits."

The Sino-US Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade will hold a meeting in Washington early next month. The U.S. side hopes it may bring about great opportunities to American companies doing business with China.

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