China: US should not exclude China in export restriction overhaul

15:23, May 17, 2010      

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China hopes the United States doesn't exclude China when overhauling its export restrictions, said Yao Jian, spokesman of China's Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) at a press conference today.

"The overhaul is based on the United States' own requirements," he said.

Yao said that the overhaul of U.S. export control policy is a necessary action for it to expand exports, lower unemployment rate and ease the trade deficit.

"We hope that the United States does not take discriminatory actions against China in making policies," Yao said.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said on Sunday that "concrete proposals" on the export-control regime could be expected within the next several months.

"We are very optimistic that we will make a very significant reform for export-control regime," said Locke at a press conference.

Locke said he feels both countries could benefit from reforms.

"Various reports and studies have indicated that some restrictions of export-control have inhibited U.S. companies' sale of emerging technologies," said Locke, who leads a delegation to promote clean-energy technologies in China. "We believe that some of these restrictions we have on the U.S. companies make absolutely no sense."

In August 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that his administration would conduct a thorough review of the country's export-control regime.

By People's Daily Online


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