AMI, Other Ag Groups Urge USTR to Guard Against China BackslidingMonday, December 4, 2000
AMI and more than 100 other agricultural/agribusiness entities have urged United States Trade Representative Charelene Barshefsky to ensure agricultural provisions included in the U.S.-China bilateral agreement are not weakened in the ongoing negotiation of China’s protocol of accession to the WTO. A major issue is China's effort to get "special treatment" for its agricultural subsidies, the groups said in a November 30 letter to Ambassador Barshefsky. "We strongly urge USTR to negotiate an agreement that will put strong disciplines on China's domestic support for agriculture," they told Barshefsky. "In addition, we continue to support strong provisions on import licensing and trading rights and the prompt implementation of the tariff reductions as scheduled in the bilateral accession agreement." In current WTO negotiations under way in Geneva, China is proposing its subsidies on agricultural inputs and investment be exempt from WTO discipline and its spending on other agricultural support programs be subject to less restrictive rules than those applying to the U.S. A copy of the letter is available at http://www.meatinstitute.org/Template.cfm?Section=ChinaPNTR&NavMenuID=162&template=TaggedContentFile.cfm&NewsID=341"