News / Economy

US, China to Restart Investment Talks

US, China to Restart Investment Talksi
X
July 12, 2013 10:27 AM
The United States and China have agreed to restart negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty that could expand Chinese market access for American investors. The agreement came during talks between senior Chinese and U.S. officials in Washington. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns has the story.

US, China to Restart Investment Talks

The United States and China have agreed to restart negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty that could expand Chinese market access for American investors. The agreement came during talks between senior Chinese and U.S. officials in Washington.

This is the first time China has agreed to talks on a treaty covering foreign investment in all sectors of its economy. The move shows Beijing's new leaders recognize that future growth will not be met by models of the past, said U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

"They know they need more market-oriented features to their economy, and we need to open markets to each other," Lew said. "We welcome Chinese investment in the United States. We welcome the opportunity to have U.S. investment in China."

Beijing and Washington agreed to increase cooperation on financial regulations, law enforcement, over-the-counter derivatives and accounting standards -- all important steps forward, said Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.

"The United States welcomes Chinese financial institutions to invest in the U.S. market. Mutual understanding and trust is an important prerequisite for a win-win cooperation between our two major countries."

With two-way trade of nearly $500 billion last year, a bilateral investment treaty could mean big gains for both economies. But it also would require approval by two-thirds of the U.S. Senate where many members have been critical of Chinese cyber-espionage, which experts say costs the United States hundreds of billions of dollars a year. U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns.

"The technological ties that bind us together also introduce a new challenge to our bilateral relationship," Burns said. "During our engagement this week, we underscored that the cyber-enabled theft of trade secrets, intellectual property, and confidential business information is unacceptable."

China denies the cyber allegations and has become increasingly outspoken on the issue following leaks by the former U.S. intelligence analyst Edward Snowden that revealed widespread U.S. surveillance of Chinese targets. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

"China is a victim of hacking attacks," Yang said. "China's view is that the relevant international cyber rules should be developed by the U.N. to help uphold cyber security in all countries."

On rival maritime claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, Yang says China hopes the United States will support efforts to resolve the disputes through dialogue.

"Both sides are of the view that efforts to build a new model of major country relationship should start in the Asia-Pacific," Yang said. "The two sides decided to hold the next round of Asia-Pacific consultations this fall and jointly uphold peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific."

During these talks, U.S. and Chinese officials also discussed the war in Syria, the withdrawal of international forces from Afghanistan, and the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea.

You May Like

Multimedia Social Media Documenting, Not Driving, Hong Kong Protests

Unlike in Arab Spring uprisings, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong aren't relying on Twitter and Facebook to organize, but social media still plays a role More

Analysis: Occupy Central Not Exactly Hong Kong’s Tiananmen

VOA's former Hong Kong, Beijing correspondent compares and contrasts 1989 Tiananmen Square protest with what is now happening in Hong Kong More

Bambari Hospital a Lone Place of Help in Violence-Plagued CAR

Only establishment still functioning in CAR's second city is main hospital More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plainsi
X
October 01, 2014 10:45 AM
It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video The Legacy of Jimmy Carter: The Preacher from Plains

It is common in the United States to see tourists flock to sites associated with America's presidents. Some are privately owned and others are run by the National Park Service or the National Archives -- but most have helped draw business and people into the towns and cities where they are located. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, there is one particular presidential hometown that is unique in what it has to offer those who make the trip.
Video

Video Hong Kong Protests Draw New Supporters on National Holiday

On the 65th anniversary of the founding of Communist China, Hong Kong protesters are hoping to stage the largest pro-democracy demonstration since the 1989 Tiananmen protests. VOA's Brian Padden visited one of the protest sites mid-day, when the atmosphere was calm and where the supporters were enthusiastic about joining what they are calling the umbrella revolution.
Video

Video India's PM Continues First US Visit

India's prime minister is on his first visit to Washington, to strengthen political and economic ties between the world's oldest and the world biggest democracies. He came to the U.S. capital from New York, the first stop on his five-day visit to the country that denied him an entry visa in the past. From Washington, Zlatica Hoke reports Modi seemed most focused on attracting foreign investment and trade to increase job opportunities for his people.
Video

Video Malaysia Struggles to Stop People Joining Jihad

Malaysian authorities say militant groups like the so-called "Islamic State" have used social media to entice at least three dozen Malaysian Muslims to fight in what they call "jihad" in Syria and Iraq. As Mahi Ramkrishnan reports from Kuala Lumpur, counterterrorism police are deeply worried about what could happen when these militants return home.
Video

Video Could US Have Done More to Stop Rise of Islamic State?

President Obama says airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria will likely continue for some time because, in his words, "there is a cancer that has grown for too long." So what if President Obama had acted sooner in Syria to arm more-moderate opponents of both the Islamic State and the Syrian government? VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports from the United Nations.
Video

Video Treasure Hunters Seek 'Hidden Treasure' in Central Kenya

Could a cave in a small village in central Kenya be the site of buried treasure? A rumor of riches, left behind by colonialists, has some residents dreaming of wealth, while others see it as a dangerous hoax. VOA's Gabe Joselow has the story.
Video

Video Ebola Patients Find No Treatment at Sierra Leone Holding Center

At a holding facility in Makeni, central Sierra Leone, dozens of sick people sit on the floor in an empty university building. They wait in filthy conditions. It's a 16-hour drive by ambulance to Kailahun Ebola treatment center. Adam Bailes was there and reports on what he says are some of the worst situations he has seen since the beginning of this Ebola outbreak. And he says it appears case numbers may already be far worse than authorities acknowledge.
Video

Video Identifying Bodies Found in Texas Border Region

Thousands of immigrants have died after crossing the border from Mexico into remote areas of the southwestern United States in recent years. Local officials in south Texas alone have found hundreds of unidentified bodies and buried them in mass graves in local cemeteries. Now an anthropologist and her students at Baylor University have been exhuming bodies and looking for clues to identify them. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Waco, Texas.
Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.Colonel Steve ‘Spiros’ Pisanos left Greece and came to the U.S. to learn to fly. He flew fighters for the Allies in World War II, narrowly escaping death multiple times.

AppleAndroid

World Currencies

EUR
USD
0.7866
JPY
USD
109.25
GBP
USD
0.6139
CAD
USD
1.1120
INR
USD
61.428

Rates may not be current.