BEIJING, China — In an effort to expand the dialogue on U.S.-China trade relations, National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler is leading the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy Negotiations (ACTPN) on a weeklong trade mission to China beginning today.
The delegation will meet with top Chinese officials and business leaders to share the views of U.S. business and hear those of their counterparts in Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.
"We strongly believe the trading relationship with China is one of the most important to the U.S.," Engler said while launching the meetings in Beijing. "We want a long term, healthy relationship in which both countries benefit from open markets, high levels of engagement and significant bilateral trade and investment flows."
Appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006, ACTPN provides private sector input on U.S. trade priorities. As a part of the administration's top-to-bottom-review of China trade policy, the committee is tasked with "considering strategic issues related to U.S.-China trade relations and provide forward-looking, strategic advice on matters related to trade policy."
"What we learn in China will inform our advice to the administration in addressing our bilateral trade relationship," Engler said. "ACTPN knows that the way to build globally competitive companies is not to shield them from competition. Maintaining a policy of openness for trade and investment will benefit both countries."