Charlene Barshefsky

The man of the one hour that changed the course of make-or-break trade talks

Former vice-minister of commerce Wei Jianguo has seen just how much a leader's personality and wisdom can change history.

Monday, 12 December, 2011, 12:00am

Cross-strait tensions a threat to trade deal, says ex-envoy

A former senior US diplomat has cautioned that cross-strait tensions could derail a US congressional vote to grant the mainland permanent normal trade relations.

Nicholas Platt, former US ambassador to the Philippines and Pakistan, warned that incidents arising from the Taiwan elections could complicate the vote.

11 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

US customs seize Chinese electrical appliances

United States customs have seized huge quantities of Chinese electrical appliances carrying a fake seal of approval, US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky said yesterday.

She was speaking after a three-day visit to discuss the mainland's accession to the World Trade Organisation and bilateral trade issues.

25 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Trade sanctions deadline looms over talks

Marathon talks are scheduled to continue for a third day in Beijing as United States and Chinese negotiators attempt to avert a multi-billion dollar trade war over property rights.

15 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Barshefsky hits out at Beijing's lack of action on US demands

In one of the first public standoffs between the United States and China since last week's sanctions threats, acting US Trade Secretary Charlene Barshefsky has clashed with a senior Chinese policy maker over the highly charged issue of intellectual property rights (IPR).

23 May 1996 - 12:00am

US envoy to spur stalled trade talks

UNITED STATES Deputy Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky will arrive in Beijing today to join in trade talks with China in an attempt to hammer out a compromise and avert an international trade war.

Ms Barshefsky has participated in the earlier rounds of negotiations on China's violations of intellectual property rights.

21 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Tough talks yield nothing

WHEN Mickey Kantor was named as US Trade Negotiator in December 1992 he was hailed as a tough-talking negotiator, who would abandon the softly-softly approach favoured by the Bush administration. And, in case the world failed to get the message, Mr Kantor spelled out the US position for the benefit of Beijing and Tokyo.

1 Aug 1994 - 12:00am

US to discuss trade access in Beijing

MORE make-or-break trade talks between the United States and China are to be held in Beijing this week, this time on the thorny issue of market access to American goods.

Deputy US Trade Representative Charlene Barshefsky announced the talks, after last week's negotiations between the Trade Representative's officials and Chinese counterparts on intellectual property disputes.

28 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Modest aims for Seattle summit

THE United States does not expect any major breakthroughs in its trade relationship with China at the upcoming summit in Seattle between Presidents Bill Clinton and Jiang Zemin, a senior US official says.

26 Oct 1993 - 12:00am