UPDATE 1-US, China trade meet set for mid-December – US aide

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (BestGrowthStock) – The United States and China
will hold annual high-level trade and economic talks the week
of Dec. 13 in Washington, a top U.S. trade official said on
Tuesday.

U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce Francisco Sanchez told
reporters he hoped the talks would yield progress on resolving
U.S. concerns about barriers to China’s government procurement
market and protection of U.S. intellectual property rights.

Sanchez and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios
Marantis were in Beijing last week to prepare for the upcoming
annual meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce
and Trade. Read More About China Investment.

“It was very productive and I’m optimistic that we’ll see
some progress in December,” Sanchez said. “We’re still trying
to lock down the specific dates, but it will be the week of the
13th.”

The JCCT is chaired on the U.S. side by Commerce Secretary
Gary Locke and Trade Representative Ron Kirk. China’s side is
led by Vice Premier Wang Qishan.

The annual forum does not deal with currency concerns, a
major topic of conversation between the United States and
China.

But it is the main venue for the United States to try to
resolve concerns about Chinese industrial policies it believes
discriminates against U.S. firms.
(Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Jim Marshall)

UPDATE 1-US, China trade meet set for mid-December – US aide