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NEWS RELEASE 99-013; JANUARY 25, 1999 January 25, 1999
News Release 99-013
Inv. No. 332-403

ITC LAUNCHES FACTFINDING INVESTIGATION TO ASSESS
THE ECONOMIC EFFECTS ON THE UNITED STATES
OF CHINA'S ACCESSION TO THE WTO

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation to assess the economic effects on the United States of China's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The investigation, Assessment of the Economic Effects on the United States of China's Accession to the WTO (Inv. No 332-403), was requested by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) in a letter received December 21, 1998. The USTR requested that the ITC analyze the economic effects on the United States of the possible reduction and elimination of China's tariff and non-tariff measures that might result from China's possible accession to the WTO, as well as China's compliance with WTO rules and standards. The ITC investigation will include the following:

The ITC will submit its confidential report to the USTR by June 1, 1999.

The ITC will hold a public hearing in connection with this investigation. The hearing will be held on February 23 (and 24 if necessary), 1999, at 9:30 a.m. at the ITC Building, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC. Requests to appear at the public hearing should be filed no later than 12 p.m. (noon) on February 12, 1999, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. For hearing-related information, contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-1806.

The ITC also welcomes written submissions for the record in this investigation. Written statements (one original and 14 copies) should be submitted at the earliest practical date but no later than March 9, 1999. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary, United States International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20436.

Further information on the scope of the investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the ITC's notice of investigation, dated January 20, 1999, which may be obtained from the ITC Internet server (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-1802.

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