- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 5, 2005

China’s muscle

E. Anthony Wayne spends most of his time at the State Department dealing with “fears, legitimate complaints and misperceptions” about U.S. trade with China.

Mr. Wayne, assistant secretary for economic and business affairs, said China’s rise as a global economic power “is not in dispute, but people’s feelings about it run from admiration to uneasiness and even hostility.”

In a recent speech to the Executives’ Club of Chicago, he said the United States encourages China’s efforts to open its markets and develop dynamic trade worldwide. However, Washington constantly is complaining about Chinese violations of patents, trademarks and copyrights.

“Overall, the United States wants candid, constructive and cooperative relations with China,” he said, adding that China must respect its international obligations as a member of the World Trade Organization.

Mr. Wayne reminded the business executives that China has become the United States’ third-largest trading partner, behind Canada and Mexico, and accounts for more than 13 percent of U.S. imports.

U.S. exports to China totaled $35 billion last year, but imports soared to $197 billion.

“Our largest bilateral trade deficit is with China,” Mr. Wayne said.

He said that China’s success also has put pressure on global energy markets and that China’s monetary policy worries both Washington and China’s Asian neighbors.

“The [Bush] administration’s overall approach is pro-growth and free-trade-oriented,” Mr. Wayne said. “Our strategy is not to restrict Chinese exports to the U.S., but rather to open China’s markets to U.S. firms.”

Diplomatic traffic

Foreign visitors in Washington this week include:

Today

• Episcopal Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane of Cape Town, South Africa, who preaches at 7 p.m. at the Washington National Cathedral as part of the Interfaith Convocation on Hunger organized by Bread for the World.

• Turkish Minister of National Defense Vecdi Gonul, who is received with an honor cordon at the Pentagon.

Tomorrow

• British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who meets with President Bush at the White House to plan for next month’s Group of Eight meeting in Scotland.

• German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, who meets with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser Stephen J. Hadley and Senate leaders to discuss bilateral relations, the Middle East, Afghanistan and the Balkans.

• Carmen Espinoza, a lawyer, economist and director of Chile’s Program of Economy and Work, who discusses Chile’s privatized social security program with invited guests of the Economic Policy Institute.

• Christopher Dye of the World Health Organization office in Geneva and Alison Grant of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They discuss new research on tuberculosis at a 10 a.m. briefing by the Journal of the American Medical Association at the National Press Club.

• Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire of the Canadian Armed Forces, who discusses children and war in a forum for invited guests of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.

Wednesday

• Valery Shantsev, the vice mayor of Moscow, who discusses his city’s bid for the 2012 Olympics at noon at the National Press Club.

• Enock Sebineza Ruberangabo, a member of the National Assembly of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who addresses invited guests of Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.

Friday

• President Roh Moo-hyun of South Korea, who meets with President Bush to discuss North Korea’s nuclear arms program.

Call Embassy Row at 202/636-3297, fax 202/832-7278 or e-mail jmorrison@washingtontimes.com.


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