The US has urged China to help revive talks to update the 1996 agreement governing the $2tn annual global trade in IT products amid warnings that a weekend meeting of Pacific Rim trade ministers risks ending in embarrassing acrimony.
John Neuffer, head of global policy for the Washington-based Information Technology Industry Council, said the ITA discussions had almost succeeded last year and only a final push was needed.
“In my view we are one week of talks in Geneva away from closing this thing out. But to get to that one week of talks we need China,” he said.
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