USTR’s Kemp Discussion, not enforcement, is way to reach China

Oct 13, 2006 | 12:40 PM |

While some politicians in Washington say it's time to hold China's feet to the fire on trade issues, there are those that say good can still come from sitting down and talking to the Chinese.

This week, the U.S. government will send a delegation to meet with Chinese steel interests for the second time to discuss the challenges both industries face. Unlike the first meeting, representatives from the United States' private sector also will be along for the ride.

Jean Kemp, director of steel trade policy for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), is part of the delegation. She spoke with AMM Washington correspondent Rory Carroll about the upcoming trip.

AMMSet the scene for this dialogue.

Kemp It's part of the (U.S.-China) Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), which is a mechanism set up between China and the United States precisely to have a forum for constructive dialogue. The steel dialogue is an initiative under the JCCT.....

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