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ANSI and SAC Sign Updated MOU, Host Executive Roundtable


On June 9, 2017, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) hosted a high-level Chinese delegation in Washington, DC. The delegation featured the leader of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), Administrator Tian Shihong. The visit provided a unique opportunity to enhance ANSI and SAC’s cooperative relationship, as well as to discuss key policy developments and priority issues.

During the first part of the visit, ANSI and SAC held a bilateral meeting to discuss future cooperation and issues of interest to both sides. Administrator Tian shared updates on the reform of China’s standardization system. In turn, ANSI’s president and CEO Joe Bhatia shared key points from ANSI’s comments to the draft revision of China’s Standardization Law.

ANSI’s comments on the revised draft China Standardization Law are available here. [see related article].

At the conclusion of the meeting, ANSI and SAC signed two agreements. The first was an updated Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The English version of the signed MOU can be viewed here. The last version was signed in 2002. The updates included in the 2017 version reinforce ANSI and SAC’s commitment to dialogue on the sidelines of international and regional meetings, as well as regular visits to each other’s countries. The MOU also includes new language on information sharing and reinforces ANSI’s commitment to facilitating cooperation between ANSI members, SAC, and other Chinese standards-related entities. ANSI and SAC also signed a “twinning” agreement, in which they agreed to share the role of Secretariat for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 301, Energy Management and Energy Savings. The agreement reflects a partnership that has been in place since February 2016.

During the latter part of the visit, ANSI and SAC hosted an“Executive Roundtable on U.S.-China Strategic Cooperation,” where industry representatives shared perspectives on areas of mutual priority and to enhance U.S. - China strategic cooperation in standardization. From the Chinese side, the event featured presentations from Wu Xiaobo, vice president, China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS); Gao Linpeng, director of standardization, China Institute of Standardization (CIE); Dr. Li Yubing, director general of international cooperation, SAC; and Wei Hong, deputy director general, general affairs management department-SAC. U.S. speakers included Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann, Jr., senior vice president, engineering fellow, head of standards and industry organizations, Qualcomm; Philip Piqueira, vice president, global standards, Underwriters Laboratories(UL); and John Miller, vice president for global policy and law, cybersecurity, and privacy, Information Technology Industry Council (ITI).

A total of 44 participants attended the roundtable event including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), GE, Caterpillar, and ASME, among others.

During the roundtable, Wu Xiaobo and Gao Linpeng gave detailed presentations on China’s association standards, including progress made to date and next steps for the new work plan. Dr. Li Yubing provided a presentation on self-balancing vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles and proposed a working group to strengthen cooperation and mutual recognition.

Finally, Wei Hong provided a detailed presentation on the participation of foreign-funded enterprises in China’s standardization work, which highlighted opportunities for U.S. engagement in Chinese standard development activities.

From the U.S. perspective, Dr. Edward G. Tiedemann Jr. presented on cellular standardization and vehicle to everything (V2X) communication in China. He identified possible areas of cooperation and harmonization in 3GPP-defined radio access and existing application protocols, i.e., harmonization of transport and network protocols. Phil Piqueira gave a presentation that highlighted a case study on UL’s partnership with China on hoverboard standards. Finally, John Miller gave a presentation on ITI’s engagement and collaboration with China on information technology, cybersecurity, and information security topics. At the conclusion of his presentation, he called upon both parties to flag opportunities to participate in globally focused consortia, while also highlighting work currently being conducted in a variety of fora.

More information on the Executive Roundtable, including the agenda, presentations, and speaker bios, can be found here.

For more information on ANSI’s China Program visit the ANSI webpage.


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