On Monday, Obama administration officials announced dates for the next meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT).
"The JCCT is critical to resolving important trade and investment issues for American stakeholders and to moving our trade relationship with China forward," Kirk said.
"This year we're focused on delivering meaningful results on issues including enforcement of intellectual property rights, combating pressures to transfer technology, eliminating trade-distortive industrial policies, and removing key obstacles to our exports."
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China was the largest supplier of U.S. goods imports in 2011, and the third-largest market for U.S. exports in 2011, after Canada and Mexico.
The United States and China meet regularly about nagging issues in their trade relationship.