Baucus in China Asking for Open Beef Markets

By Beacon Staff

HELENA – U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says his trip to China included meetings with top officials where he asked them to open their beef markets.

Baucus says he spoke with China’s vice president, vice premier and others. He says the country needs to work with the United States to quickly end restrictions on American beef.

Baucus chairs the Senate Finance Committee that oversees international trade issues. The senator has long been a proponent of open trade deals.

Baucus says he also asked Chinese leaders to stop undervaluing their currency in way that makes it more difficult to sell American-made goods in China.

The senator, asking China to compete more fairly, says a better relationship will create jobs in both countries. Baucus is spending the week in China.

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