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US seeks China action on meat, other barriers to market access

Published on Dec 11, 2012 8:19 AM
Chinese cars wait for export at a port in Dalian, Liaoning province on Oct 15, 2012.-- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States is looking for action from China next week on market-access barriers blocking US meat and other products and also for stronger protection of intellectual property rights, US officials said on Monday.

"We're focused on delivering meaningful results on issues including enforcement of intellectual property rights, combating pressures to transfer technology, eliminating trade-distortive industrial policies, and removing key obstacles to our exports," US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement before a Dec 18-19 meeting in Washington.

US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack added: "We plan to address a range of market access issues affecting exports of US meat and poultry products, as well as horticultural products."

Mr Kirk, Mr Vilsack and Acting US Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank will be hosting a Chinese delegation led by Vice Premier Wang Qishan at the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, an forum to discuss bilateral trade problems.

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