Bill Clinton on China

Spur reforms via PNTR and China in WTO

After 13 years of negotiations, the Administration concluded a landmark agreement for Chinaís entry into the World Trade Organization. China agreed to grant the U.S. significant new access to its rapidly growing market of over one billion people, while we have agreed simply to maintain the market access policies we already apply to China by granting it permanent Normal Trade Relations. The U.S.-China agreement slashes Chinese tariffs on American goods; opens Chinaís markets to American services, and contains safeguards against unfair trading practices. Chinaís membership in the WTO will spur economic reforms in China, open China to information and ideas from around the world, and strengthen the rule of law in China.

The Administration [also] secured commitments from Asian Pacific nations to eliminate barriers to open trade in the region by 2020 for developing countries and 2010 for industrialized countries. Over the next two years, 15 sectors will be identified for tariff reductions.

Source: web site Jul 2, 2000

Fair trade will liberalize China

Fair trade among free markets does more than simply enrich America; it enriches all partners to each transaction. It raises consumer demand for our products worldwide; encourages investment & growth; lifts people out of poverty & ignorance; increases understanding; and helps dispel long-held hatreds. Thatís why we have worked so hard to help build free-market institutions in Eastern Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet republics. Thatís why we have supported commercial liberalization in China-the worldís fastest-growing market. Just as democracy helps make the world safe for commerce, commerce helps make the world safe for democracy. Itís a two-way street.

In the coming years, we must continue to negotiate to lower trade barriers and insist that our trade partners play by fair trading rules. As we continue to work to open new markets, we must ensure the protection of our workers & our environment, as well as seek to advance labor and improve environmental conditions in developing countries.

Source: Between Hope and History, by Bill Clinton, p. 36 Jan 1, 1996

Engage China but take a firm line

In Asia, our security strategy has four priorities: maintaining our military commitments to the region, supporting stronger security cooperation among Asian nations, providing leadership to combat emerging threats, and supporting emerging democracies. We have worked hard with China to see that it embraces nuclear nonproliferation; agrees to abide by the rules of free and fair trade; cooperates in regional and global security initiatives; and grants basic human rights to its own citizens-in short, to see that a resurgent China takes its rightful place as a leader for positive change for its own people, and for the world.

But we havenít been shy about voicing our differences-and acting on them. When China conducted menacing military exercises in the Taiwan Straits, I sent the Seventh Fleet to the area to demonstrate out commitment to ensuring peaceful relations between China and Taiwan.

Source: Between Hope and History, by Bill Clinton, p.151-152 Jan 1, 1996

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