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People’s Republic of China Ministry of Transport Delegation Visits FMC

December 20, 2010

NR 10-26

Contact: Karen V. Gregory, Secretary (202-523-5725)

A delegation from the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Transport (MoT) visited the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to exchange views and information on maritime regulation and potential areas of collaboration to facilitate transportation and trade. FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. welcomed Ji Ma, the MoT’s Comprehensive Planning Deputy Division Director, along with representatives from MoT’s China Academy of Transportation Sciences, Transport Planning and Research Institute, Research Institute of Highway, and Waterborne Transportation Institute. The Chinese delegation also included transportation officials from the provinces of Anhui, Guangdong, Heilongjiang, Hubei, and Jilin; the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; and the municipalities of Chongqing and Shenzhen.

MoT Delegation

FMC Chairman Richard A. Lidinsky, Jr. and FMC staff welcome the delegation of Chinese transportation officials

"I welcome this opportunity to continue and deepen our dialogue with our guests from America’s largest overseas trading partner," said Chairman Lidinsky. "With cooperation and understanding between our two great maritime and trading nations, we can work together as partners to support the global economic recovery." After Chairman Lidinsky welcomed Ms. Ji and the Chinese delegation, FMC staff hosted an extended question and answer session on maritime regulatory policy, intermodal transportation issues, port practices, and potential steps to enhance the recovery in trade following the 2008 downturn.

The session follows a September 2010 visit by Chairman Lidinsky and U.S. Consulate General Shanghai representatives to the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, an October 2010 visit by FMC General Counsel Rebecca A. Fenneman and State Department representatives to the Shanghai Shipping Exchange, and the FMC’s participation in bilateral maritime consultations with the Chinese MoT on October 20-21, 2010, in Dalian, China.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is the independent federal agency responsible for regulating the nation’s international ocean transportation for the benefit of exporters, importers, and the American consumer. The FMC’s mission is to foster a fair, efficient, and reliable international ocean transportation system while protecting the public from unfair and deceptive practices.