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US ambassador to China says "level playing field" a top goal

Published on Mar 18, 2014 7:20 PM
 
US Ambassador to China Max Baucus gestures in front of Chinese and American national flags during a news conference at the US Embassy, upon his arrival to his new post, in Beijing, March 18, 2014. Ensuring a "level playing field" for American businesses stands at the top of the US diplomatic agenda in China, US Ambassador Max Baucus said in his first public remarks since taking office. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BEIJING (REUTERS) - Ensuring a "level playing field" for American businesses stands at the top of the US diplomatic agenda in China, US Ambassador Max Baucus said in his first public remarks since taking office.

"The first (of three goals) is to strengthen our economic relationship with China in a way that is mutually beneficial and ensures a level playing field for American businesses and workers to compete fairly with their Chinese counterparts," the former Montana senator said in remarks to reporters.

"I think this is very important." The world's two largest economies have numerous points of contention in the region, including China's assertions of sovereignty over swathes of the East China and South China Seas, as well as US support for self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing sees as a renegade province.

Baucus helped steer trade policy with China as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, taking a firm stance against some of China's trade practices. He also led US efforts in the 1990's to aid China's admission to the World Trade Organisation.

 
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