US-China Business Council: No New Information on China WTO Accession Status

Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from US-China Business Council

    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the United States -
 China Business Council, Robert A. Kapp, today issued the following statement
 with regard to the status of US-China negotiations on Chinese accession to the
 World Trade Organization and on the Council's understanding of the current
 situation:
 
     Recent press reports citing, or purportedly based on, remarks by US-China
 Business Council representatives with regard to US-China agreement on key
 negotiating issues in ongoing China WTO accession talks, and with regard to
 the content of bilateral negotiations between the Office of the United States
 Trade Representative and its Chinese counterparts, are incorrect or based on
 misunderstanding.
     The US-China Business Council is not a governmental organization and is
 not privy to confidential information on the status of those negotiations,
 whether between the United States and China bilaterally or between China and
 the multilateral WTO Working Party.
     The Council is not aware of the conclusion of any bilateral U.S.-China
 agreements covering specific outstanding accession issues, including those in
 agriculture, and regrets any misunderstandings that may have arisen from
 recent press statements and reports suggesting otherwise.
     The US-China Business Council and its member companies share a strong
 desire for the timely resolution of outstanding issues in bilateral and
 multilateral negotiations on the accession of the People's Republic of China
 to the WTO.
 
 

SOURCE US-China Business Council
    WASHINGTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The president of the United States -
 China Business Council, Robert A. Kapp, today issued the following statement
 with regard to the status of US-China negotiations on Chinese accession to the
 World Trade Organization and on the Council's understanding of the current
 situation:
 
     Recent press reports citing, or purportedly based on, remarks by US-China
 Business Council representatives with regard to US-China agreement on key
 negotiating issues in ongoing China WTO accession talks, and with regard to
 the content of bilateral negotiations between the Office of the United States
 Trade Representative and its Chinese counterparts, are incorrect or based on
 misunderstanding.
     The US-China Business Council is not a governmental organization and is
 not privy to confidential information on the status of those negotiations,
 whether between the United States and China bilaterally or between China and
 the multilateral WTO Working Party.
     The Council is not aware of the conclusion of any bilateral U.S.-China
 agreements covering specific outstanding accession issues, including those in
 agriculture, and regrets any misunderstandings that may have arisen from
 recent press statements and reports suggesting otherwise.
     The US-China Business Council and its member companies share a strong
 desire for the timely resolution of outstanding issues in bilateral and
 multilateral negotiations on the accession of the People's Republic of China
 to the WTO.
 
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