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China, U.S. to hold annual trade talks

(Xinhua)    19:21, November 11, 2016

BEIJING, Nov. 11 -- China and the United States will hold their annual talks on commerce and trade in Washington D.C., a Foreign Ministry spokesperson announced on Friday.

The 27th Session of the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT)is slated for Nov. 21 to 23, spokesperson Lu Kang said at a routine press briefing.

Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Trade Representative Michael Froman will co-chair the talks. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will also attend.

In the last high-level economic dialogue between China and the U.S. this year, the two sides will exchange ideas of important economic and trade issues, as well as ways to expand cooperation.

On the sidelines of the JCCT, the two sides will also hold a CEO roundtable conference, and conferences on the digital economy and agriculture and food.

In 2015, U.S. was China's second largest trade partner, biggest export market and the fourth largest source of imports. China was the largest trade partner and import source, and the third export market of the U.S.. The bilateral trade volume of goods stood at 558.4 billion U.S. dollars, with more than 160 billion U.S. dollars of mutual investment.

Launched in 1983, the JCCT was the first high-level economic dialogue mechanism between China and the U.S., and plays an important role in China-U.S. economic cooperation and addressing economic and trade frictions.

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