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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  
in Singapore.  
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