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U.S. Department of State
96/11/06 Statement: Secretary's Travel to China and APEC Meeting
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
November 6, 1996
The Secretary's Travel to China and the APEC Meeting in Manila
Secretary of State Warren Christopher will travel to China November 19-
21 before continuing on to the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
Forum) meeting in Manila November 21-24.
Secretary Christopher will hold meetings on November 20 in Beijing with
his Chinese counterpart, Vice Premier Qian Qichen, and other PRC leaders
to discuss the full range of global, regional and bilateral issues. The
Secretary will then spend November 21 in Shanghai, where he will deliver
a speech and meet with local government leaders. Secretary Christopher
was invited to China by Vice Premier Qian when the two met in Jakarta,
Indonesia, in July.
In Manila, Secretary Christopher will participate in the annual APEC
ministerial meeting, to be held November 22-23, and associated events.
He will also hold meetings with a number of ministers from APEC member
economies during the ministerial meeting.
Chaired this year by the Philippines, this APEC ministerial meeting will
review implementation of the 1995 Osaka Action Agenda, the plan to
achieve the goal of free and open trade and investment in the APEC
region. It will also consider the program to strengthen APEC's work on
economic and technical cooperation in support of trade and investment
liberalization. A primary goal will be APEC Economic Leaders'
endorsement of an Information Technology Agreement to be concluded at
the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference December 9-13
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