Trade Policy Initiatives
U.S.–China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)
The JCCT, established in 1983, is a forum for high-level dialogue on bilateral trade issues between the United States and China. From its inception until 2004, the JCCT was co-chaired by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce and China's Minister of Commerce. Following the December 2003 meeting of President Bush and Premier Wen the two sides agreed the Commission would be co-chaired on the U.S. side by two cabinet officials (the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative) and, on the Chinese side, by the Vice Premier responsible for foreign trade. The JCCT also includes 16 active working groups covering a wide variety of issues and industries including, intellectual property, environment, information industry, pharmaceutical and medical devices, statistics, commercial law, and trade and investment, among others.
The 21st plenary session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade took place in Washington, DC on December 14-15, 2010. The JCCT was co-chaired on the U.S. side by Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and on the Chinese side by Vice Premier Wang Qishan. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also participated. Other participants included U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia Zak, and representatives from the Treasury and State Departments. Senior Chinese officials from 26 other ministries and agencies also attended.