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China, US start trade talks

12-15-2010 13:51 BJT

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China and the US kicked off their annual trade talks on Tuesday in Washington D.C. Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan co-chaired the 21st Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting with U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Trade Representative Ron Kirk. High-ranking officials of both countries started their talks in small groups on Tuesday afternoon.

The plenary session of the meeting will be held on Wednesday. In addition to talks on investment, trade, intellectual property rights and other issues, the two sides are expected to sign a number of bilateral agreements on governmental cooperation.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (L) shakes hands with U.S. Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke prior to their meeting in Washington D.C, capital of the United States,
Dec. 14, 2010. High-ranking officials of China and the United States started their
talks in small groups here on Tuesday afternoon as part of the 21st Joint Commission
on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) meeting. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)

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