USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that he will travel to Asia October 23-30 to participate in meetings on agricultural trade and development in China and support a U.S. Trade Mission to the Philippines.

In China, Vilsack will participate in the October 28-29 meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Hangzhou, along with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke. The JCCT serves as an important forum for Cabinet-level officials from both countries to resolve trade concerns and enhance economic opportunities and cooperation.

"The United States and China are two of the largest agricultural exporters and the world looks to our two countries for leadership in the trade arena," said Vilsack. "The United States looks forward to our continued friendship and cooperation in our efforts to facilitate trade, which will bring tremendous rewards for both of our nations."

In addition to attending the JCCT, Vilsack will hold private meetings with Chinese government officials in Beijing and visit with U.S. agricultural businesses in Shanghai.

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Source: USDA