NU Online News Service, July 22, 2003, 11:53 a.m. EDT – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is asking for public comments about China’s compliance with World Trade Organization commitments.

The office will use the comments in the preparation of its annual report to Congress on China’s compliance with the commitments it made when it joined the World Trade Organization, according to a notice published in the Federal Register.

The office is looking for comments about topics such as China’s efforts to open up to foreign service providers and promote legal transparency as well as topics related to the importation of foreign goods.

The federal Trade Policy Staff Committee, which is in charge of collecting written comments, will also hold a hearing Sept. 18 in Washington, to give people who want to make oral presentations a chance to speak.

The committee notes that it prefers to receive correspondence through electronic mail.

Members of the public can send written comments to FR0083@ustr.gov, and they can send testimony for the hearing and notices of intent to testify at the hearing to FR0082@ustr.gov.

E-mail senders should use “China WTO: Written Comments,” “China WTO: Testimony” or “China WTO: Notice of Testimony” as the subject line.

Notices of intent to testify are due noon Sept. 5. Written comments are due noon Sept. 10.

More information is available at http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/14mar20010800/edocket.access.gpo.gov/2003/03-18467.htm