US - China
Chronology from Apr 2004 to Jul 2004
: U.S. House of Representatives’ International Relations Committee passes resolution reaffirming Congress’s unwavering commitment to the Taiwan Relations Act as the cornerstone of U.S. relations with Taiwan.
: Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao visits China and announces a $3.2 million grant for HIV/AIDS workplace education in China. Four letters of understanding are signed to expand cooperation in the areas of pension programs, wage laws, occupational hazards, and worker health.
: Secretary of Commerce Evans visits China.
: Transportation Secretary Mineta announces landmark air services agreement between the U.S. and China promising a substantial expansion of commercial aviation services between the two countries.
: Department of Commerce imposes preliminary anti-dumping duties of up to nearly 200 percent on $1.2 billion of wooden bedroom furniture imported from the PRC, but said most PRC companies would escape the highest duties.
: The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a bipartisan review commission established by Congress in 2000 to assess economic and national implications of the U.S.-China relationship and provide policy recommendations to Congress, releases annual report to the public.
: President Bush signs legislation authorizing the secretary of State to initiate a plan to endorse and obtain observer status for Taiwan at the annual summit of the World Health Assembly.
: President Bush and VP Cheney meet with Chinese FM Li in Houston.
: FM Li attends former President Ronald Reagan’s funeral as a special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao and meets with Secretary Powell.
: State Councilor Zhou Yongkang meets in Beijing with Thomas Collins, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard to discuss cooperation between the Chinese Ministry of Public Security and the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State.
: Treasury Secretary Snow praises new memorandum of understanding between China and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to help develop China’s currency derivatives market.
: FM Li and Secretary Powell hold phone conversation on Iraq and Taiwan.
: China and U.S. hold fourth antiterrorism consultation in Washington D.C. Li Baodong, director general of the International Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and Ambassador Cofer Black, State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, head respective delegations to the consultation.
: Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai meets with USTR Zoellick at APEC ministerial meeting in Pucon, Chile.
: Commerce Department concludes that it will retain China’s “nonmarket” status, inviting expected rebuke by Chinese officials.
: FM Li and Secretary Powell hold a phone conversation to discuss the draft resolution on the Iraq by the UNSC and issues in bilateral relations.
: President Hu and President Bush discuss Iraq and Taiwan on the phone.
: Annual DoD report on Chinese military power, required under the FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act, is released.
: China joins the Nuclear Suppliers Group, an unofficial organization of nuclear capable countries exercising control on nuclear exports.
: Deputy USTR Josette Shiner leads high-level team to Beijing to press for swift implementation of trade reform commitments by the PRC.
: FM Li and Secretary Powell discuss Iraq and Taiwan on the phone.
: U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission Zhang Guobao sign Memorandum of Understanding to launch the U.S.-China Energy Policy Dialogue.
: China’s special envoy for DPRK issues Ning Fukui arrives in Washington to consult with U.S. in advance of six-party working group meeting in Beijing May 12.
: Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs John Taylor travels to China, Japan, and Korea to discuss global and regional economic issues. Economic emissary Speltz joins him in Beijing.
: U.S. turns down requests by labor and industry groups to consider duties on Chinese goods over alleged violations of labor rights and Beijing’s currency policy.
: President Bush meets Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi at the White House.
: Commerce Secretary Don Evans, USTR Robert Zoellick and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi chair the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.
: Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs James Kelly delivers testimony on Taiwan to the House International Relations Committee.
: Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and Chinese Minister for the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine Li Changjiang sign agreement establishing a consultative mechanism on food safety and animal and plant health issues.
: Robert Mueller, FBI head, visits Beijing to open the FBI’s legal attaché office and promote law enforcement cooperation.
: 60th session of the UN Commission on Human Rights votes not to consider a U.S. draft resolution criticizing China’s human rights practices.
: Treasury Secretary John Snow announces Ambassador Paul Speltz will fill new post as Treasury’s economic emissary to China.
: U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Zoellick announces a new and expanded Office of China Affairs, covering the PRC, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macao, and Mongolia, and headed by Charles Freeman with the new title of acting assistant U.S. trade representative (AUSTR) for China.
: Vice President Dick Cheney arrives in China for a three-day visit.
: General Administration of Civil Aviation of China and U.S. Trade and Development Agency sign Memorandum of Understanding on aviation cooperation.