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IEC Delegation Meets with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin

New York, Nov 18, 2002

USNC President Steven Seeker and members of an IEC delegation met with former Chinese President Jiang Zemin at his executive offices near Tianamen Square and the Great Hall of the People on October 31, 2002 during the IEC General Meeting in Beijing. The 15 IEC Council Board members and officers were part of a historical occasion to have dialogue with the Chinese President. Jiang mentioned that as an electrical engineer in the 1960s, he had participated in IEC work and had fond memories of those times. China became a member of the IEC in 1957 and a member of the World Trade Organization in 2001.

Jiang spoke for nearly an hour with the delegation about the importance of IEC International Standards in world trade as well as their role in the Chinese economy. He said that international standardization and accreditation work is a necessary basis for the global economy, trade, industry and technology. "They also play an active part in breaking down technical barriers in trade and contribute to the improvement of people's lives," he said.

Jiang said China is prepared to broaden its involvement with the IEC to help promote international economic collaboration and trade and he said Chinese companies should become more active in IEC work both in preparing international standards and in conformity assessment.

The 66th IEC General Meeting was held in Beijing, China, from 28 October to 1 November. A more extensive report from the General Meeting is forthcoming.

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