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U.S.-China Agricultural Trade: Critical Issues in Economic Statecraft

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April 4, 2014

8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Irvine Auditorium


Everyone is invited to attend the 2014 Trade Club Conference.  Please use the link to register. A light breakfast and lunch will be included. The following is a background on the topic of U.S.-China Agricultural Trade and Statecraft.

U.S.-China Agricultural Trade

The Monterey Institute of International Studies’ annual trade conference on April 4 will feature commentary from a distinguished group of international trade experts addressing the critical issue of agricultural trade between the United States and China. There is no charge to attend.

The United States now ranks as China’s top supplier of agricultural products, up from seventh place in 2000. U.S. agricultural exports to China have grown from about $2 billion to more than $19 billion a year. However, changes in China’s trade policy and related economic and political issues between China and the U.S. threaten the growth and stability of this sector.

Agriculture:  Critical Trading Partnership for the 21st Century

U.S.-China agricultural trade will be among the most rapidly growing trade relationships in the world in the years ahead. As a result, it will be one of the most complex and potentially problematic economic relationships for both nations over the next decade.  Effective economic diplomacy and careful statecraft will be critical to forging a successful partnership. This conference will identify key issues constraining trade and explore the framework of economic diplomacy needed for a successful trade relationship.

Complete your free registration now to reserve your opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in the critical field of U.S.-China agricultural trade.

Blending U.S.-China Food Systems

  • The population growth and rapidly increasing middle-class status in China is creating a significant demand for high quality, high protein, safe food.  This growth, uncorrelated with the distribution of arable land, must be satisfied by more open markets for trade. China, with 20% of the world’s population, has 7% of its fresh water.
  • Food security, within nations and across the globe, will be a critical element of foreign policy for the next decade.
  • Food safety will be a pressing political concern as trade expands.
  • The growing trade between the U.S. and China requires collaboration and cooperation on health and safety standards for food.
  • SPS regulations and anti-dumping have proven fertile soil for trade protection.
  • Collaboration on standards, impact analysis, regulatory procedures, and welfare enhancing policies will depend on effective economic statecraft.

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Speakers Include:

Jonathan Coleman (U.S. International Trade Commission) “U.S.-China Trade: Trends in the face of China’s Self-sufficiency Policy”

Phil Laney (China Director, Soybean Export Council, (ret)  “The Case of Soybean Entry into China”

James Grueff  (DecisionLeaders, formerly FAS/USDA) “The Slow, Bumpy Road Open Markets:  Hard Lessons from The Japan Experience”

Rufus Yerxa (Visiting Prof, MIIS; formerly Dep. Dir. General, WTO) “International Trade in Agriculture and the WTO”

Demetrios Marantis- (Square, Inc.; former Dep USTR) “U.S.-China AG Trade Negotiations:  Lessons Learned”

Robert Thompson (Johns Hopkins, School of Advanced International Studies) “The U.S. Farm Bill 2014 and International Ag Trade:  What’s Ahead?”

Tim Josling (Stanford University, Food Research Institute) “U.S.-China Agricultural Trade in a Global Context”



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