China, U.S. to Collaborate on Trade, Security
Global supply chain security and trade law enforcement advanced this week with U.S. Customs and Border Protection and two government ministries of China agreeing on collaborative actions to enhance trade security and facilitation between the two countries.
CBP Commissioner Alan D. Bersin joined Minister of Customs Yu Guangzhou of the General Administration of Customs of the People's Republic of China in signing an action plan at CBP's Washington, D.C., headquarters on May 9. The plan covers all aspects of the countries' supply chain security partnership programs, including joint validation procedures. The action outline details specifics on which the U.S. and Chinese customs administrations will collaborate over the next five years.
After signing the arrangement, Bersin noted that it is the responsibility of the two nations to "fill this contract with a history of actual accomplishment." Bersin observed that the agreement, covering authorized economic operator and supply chain security programs, "gives us a good path to progress."
"I look forward to the implementation of this program of mutual activity," said Bersin, and "to another action plan that takes us even further," adding that "every action is a prelude to further action."
China's Minister of Customs Yu Guangzhou said through an interpreter that the two countries "have already made much progress." He described yesterday's signing as "another step forward to push our cooperation ahead."
Today Charles E. Stallworth II, CBP acting assistant commissioner for international affairs, welcomed Xue Dongzheng, deputy director general of China's Ministry of Public Security, as they signed a memorandum of understanding that addressed cooperation on many aspects of law enforcement, including information exchange, cooperation, training and technical assistance.
Two critical enforcement areas will be intellectual property rights and fraudulent travel documents, remarked Stallworth. "We will focus on joint operations in areas of our respective competence so we can truly benefit each other," said Stallworth.
The Chinese security ministry performs investigations, raids and seizures at the start of the supply chain at the points of manufacturing, warehousing, and transporting before illegal goods head for foreign markets.
Xue Dongzheng commented that the signing is occurring during National Police Week commemorations in the U.S., "a critical moment to memorialize and pay tribute to those who fell in the line of duty."
"In every corner of this world law enforcement officers make the highest sacrifice for their communities," said Xue Dongszheng. For those officers, he suggested that today's understanding between the U.S. and China be "a monument to their devotion and sacrifice."
"Let us honor them by drawing more closely with each other to continue their unfinished cause," he added.
-Susan Holliday, Office of Public Affairs