WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China-Measures Affecting Financial Information Services and Foreign Financial Information Suppliers, 15544-15545 [E8-5885]

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If such consultations should fail to resolve the matter and a dispute settlement panel is established pursuant to the DSU, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations within nine months after it is established. Major Issues Raised by the United States OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES On March 3, 2008, the United States TRADE REPRESENTATIVE requested consultations with China [Docket No. WTO/DS373] regarding restrictions and requirements that China imposes on financial WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding information services and service Regarding China—Measures Affecting suppliers. China requires foreign Financial Information Services and financial information suppliers to Foreign Financial Information supply their services through an entity Suppliers designated by Xinhua News Agency (‘‘Xinhua’’). Xinhua has designated one AGENCY: Office of the United States of its commercial enterprises as the only Trade Representative. available agent. Xinhua, through its ACTION: Notice; request for comments. organizational structure, including related entities and affiliates, appears to SUMMARY: The Office of the United be not only the regulator but also a States Trade Representative (USTR) is providing notice that on March 3, 2008, competitor of foreign financial information suppliers. For example, in accordance with the Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Xinhua has launched ‘‘Xinhua 08’’, a financial information supplier that Organization (WTO Agreement), the supplies services on a commercial basis United States requested consultations and in competition with foreign service with China regarding restrictions and suppliers. China also appears to prevent requirements China imposes on foreign financial information service financial information services and suppliers from establishing any service suppliers. That request may be commercial operations in China other found at http://www.wto.org contained than limited representative offices. in a document designated as WT/ China’s measures include the following, DS373/1. USTR invites written as well as any amendments and related comments from the public concerning or implementing measures: the issues raised in this dispute. • Notice Authorizing Xinhua News DATES: Although USTR will accept any Agency To Implement Centralized comments received during the course of Administration Over the Release of the dispute, comments should be Economic Information in the People’s submitted on or before April 18, 2008 to Republic of China by Foreign News be assured of timely consideration by Agencies and Their Subsidiary USTR. Information Institutions (December 31, ADDRESSES: Comments should be 1995); • Decision on Establishing submitted (i) electronically, to Administrative Permission for the FR0806@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘China PO 00000 Frm 00072 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 57 / Monday, March 24, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Administrative Examination and Approval of Items That Must Be Retained (June 29, 2004); • Measures for Administering the Release of News and Information in China by Foreign News Agencies (September 10, 2006); • Notices on the Annual Inspection of Foreign News Dissemination Entities; • Catalogue of Industries for Guiding Foreign Investment (October 31, 2007); • Decisions of the State Council Regarding Entrance of Non-Public Capital Into Cultural Industries (April 13, 2005); • Several Opinions on Introducing Foreign Investment Into the Cultural Sector (July 6, 2005); • Opinion on Foreign Investment in Cultural Industries (August 5, 2005); • Detailed Rules on the Approval and Control of Resident Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (February 13, 1995); • Procedures of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce for the Registration and Administration of Resident Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (March 5, 1983); • Rules for Internet Information Services (September 2000); and • Administrative Rules for Internet News Information Services (September 25, 2005); These and other requirements and restrictions appear to accord less favorable treatment to foreign financial information services and service suppliers than that accorded Chinese financial information services and service suppliers which are not affected by these requirements and restrictions. China’s measures also appear to impose requirements on foreign financial information suppliers that are more restrictive than those imposed on them at the time of China’s accession to the WTO. USTR believes these measures are inconsistent with China’s obligations under Articles XVI, XVII, and XVIII of the General Agreement on Trade in Services and Part I.1.2 of the Protocol on the Accession of the People’s Republic of China, including paragraph 309 of the Working Party Report. Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning the issues raised in the dispute. Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to FR0806@ustr.eop.gov, with ‘‘China Financial Information Services (DS373)’’ in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395–3640, with a confirmation copy VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:33 Mar 21, 2008 Jkt 214001 sent electronically to the electronic mail address above. USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format as attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file as the submission itself, and not as separate files. Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the commenter. Confidential business information must be clearly designated as such and ‘‘BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL’’ must be marked at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. Persons who submit confidential business information are encouraged also to provide a non-confidential summary of the information. Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information or advice may qualify as such, the submitter— (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice; (2) Must clearly mark the material as ‘‘SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE’’ at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and (3) Is encouraged to provide a nonconfidential summary of the information or advice. Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to the dispute; if a dispute settlement panel is convened or in the event of an appeal from such a panel, the U.S. submissions, the submissions, or non-confidential summaries of submissions, received from other participants in the dispute; the report of the panel; and, if applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. The USTR PO 00000 Frm 00073 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15545 Reading Room is open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment to review the public file (Docket WTO/DS–373, China Financial Information Services Dispute) may be made by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395–6186. Daniel Brinza, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and Enforcement. [FR Doc. E8–5885 Filed 3–21–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3190–W8–P OFFICE OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT Proposed Collection: Comment Request for Review of a Revised Information Collection: OPM Form 1644 Child Care Provider Information for the Child Care Subsidy Program for Federal Employees OMB No. 3206– 0240 Office of Personnel Management. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13, May 22, 1995), this notice announces the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) intends to submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review of a revised information collection. Approval for the OPM Form 1644, Child Care Provider Information for the Child Care Subsidy Program for Federal Employees, is used to verify that child care providers are licensed or regulated by local or State authorities, as appropriate. Section 630 of Public Law 107–67, passed by Congress on November 12, 2001, permits Federal agencies to use appropriated funds to help their lowerincome employees with their costs for child care provided by a contractor licensed or regulated by local or State authorities, as appropriate. Therefore, agencies need to verify that child care providers to whom they make disbursements in the form of child care subsidies meet the statutory requirement. Approximately 3500 OPM 1644 forms will be completed annually. We estimate it will take 10 minutes to complete the OPM Form 1644. The annual estimated burden is 333.3 hours. Comments are particularly invited on: • Whether this information is necessary for the proper performance of functions of OPM, and whether it will have practical utility; • Whether our estimates of the public burden of this collection of information E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 57 (Monday, March 24, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15544-15545]
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[FR Doc No: E8-5885]


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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. WTO/DS373]


WTO Dispute Settlement Proceeding Regarding China--Measures 
Affecting Financial Information Services and Foreign Financial 
Information Suppliers

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is 
providing notice that on March 3, 2008, in accordance with the 
Marrakesh Agreement Establishing the World Trade Organization (WTO 
Agreement), the United States requested consultations with China 
regarding restrictions and requirements China imposes on financial 
information services and service suppliers. That request may be found 
at http://www.wto.org contained in a document designated as WT/DS373/1. 
USTR invites written comments from the public concerning the issues 
raised in this dispute.

DATES: Although USTR will accept any comments received during the 
course of the dispute, comments should be submitted on or before April 
18, 2008 to be assured of timely consideration by USTR.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be submitted (i) electronically, to 
FR0806@ustr.eop.gov, with ``China Financial Information Services 
(DS373)'' in the subject line, or (ii) by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at 
(202) 395-3640, with a confirmation copy sent electronically to the 
electronic mail address above, in accordance with the requirements for 
submission set out below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James P. Kelleher, Associate General 
Counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th 
Street, NW., Washington, DC, (202) 395-3150.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: USTR is providing notice that the United 
States has requested consultations with China pursuant to the WTO 
Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of 
Disputes (``DSU''). If such consultations should fail to resolve the 
matter and a dispute settlement panel is established pursuant to the 
DSU, such panel, which would hold its meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, 
would be expected to issue a report on its findings and recommendations 
within nine months after it is established.

Major Issues Raised by the United States

    On March 3, 2008, the United States requested consultations with 
China regarding restrictions and requirements that China imposes on 
financial information services and service suppliers. China requires 
foreign financial information suppliers to supply their services 
through an entity designated by Xinhua News Agency (``Xinhua''). Xinhua 
has designated one of its commercial enterprises as the only available 
agent. Xinhua, through its organizational structure, including related 
entities and affiliates, appears to be not only the regulator but also 
a competitor of foreign financial information suppliers. For example, 
Xinhua has launched ``Xinhua 08'', a financial information supplier 
that supplies services on a commercial basis and in competition with 
foreign service suppliers. China also appears to prevent foreign 
financial information service suppliers from establishing any 
commercial operations in China other than limited representative 
offices. China's measures include the following, as well as any 
amendments and related or implementing measures:
     Notice Authorizing Xinhua News Agency To Implement 
Centralized Administration Over the Release of Economic Information in 
the People's Republic of China by Foreign News Agencies and Their 
Subsidiary Information Institutions (December 31, 1995);
     Decision on Establishing Administrative Permission for the

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Administrative Examination and Approval of Items That Must Be Retained 
(June 29, 2004);
     Measures for Administering the Release of News and 
Information in China by Foreign News Agencies (September 10, 2006);
     Notices on the Annual Inspection of Foreign News 
Dissemination Entities;
     Catalogue of Industries for Guiding Foreign Investment 
(October 31, 2007);
     Decisions of the State Council Regarding Entrance of Non-
Public Capital Into Cultural Industries (April 13, 2005);
     Several Opinions on Introducing Foreign Investment Into 
the Cultural Sector (July 6, 2005);
     Opinion on Foreign Investment in Cultural Industries 
(August 5, 2005);
     Detailed Rules on the Approval and Control of Resident 
Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (February 13, 1995);
     Procedures of the State Administration for Industry and 
Commerce for the Registration and Administration of Resident 
Representative Offices of Foreign Enterprises (March 5, 1983);
     Rules for Internet Information Services (September 2000); 
and
     Administrative Rules for Internet News Information 
Services (September 25, 2005);
    These and other requirements and restrictions appear to accord less 
favorable treatment to foreign financial information services and 
service suppliers than that accorded Chinese financial information 
services and service suppliers which are not affected by these 
requirements and restrictions. China's measures also appear to impose 
requirements on foreign financial information suppliers that are more 
restrictive than those imposed on them at the time of China's accession 
to the WTO.
    USTR believes these measures are inconsistent with China's 
obligations under Articles XVI, XVII, and XVIII of the General 
Agreement on Trade in Services and Part I.1.2 of the Protocol on the 
Accession of the People's Republic of China, including paragraph 309 of 
the Working Party Report.

Public Comment: Requirements for Submissions

    Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning the issues raised in the dispute. Comments should be 
submitted (i) electronically, to FR0806@ustr.eop.gov, with ``China 
Financial Information Services (DS373)'' in the subject line, or (ii) 
by fax, to Sandy McKinzy at (202) 395-3640, with a confirmation copy 
sent electronically to the electronic mail address above.
    USTR encourages the submission of documents in Adobe PDF format as 
attachments to an electronic mail. Interested persons who make 
submissions by electronic mail should not provide separate cover 
letters; information that might appear in a cover letter should be 
included in the submission itself. Similarly, to the extent possible, 
any attachments to the submission should be included in the same file 
as the submission itself, and not as separate files.
    Comments must be in English. A person requesting that information 
contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as 
confidential business information must certify that such information is 
business confidential and would not customarily be released to the 
public by the commenter. Confidential business information must be 
clearly designated as such and ``BUSINESS CONFIDENTIAL'' must be marked 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page. 
Persons who submit confidential business information are encouraged 
also to provide a non-confidential summary of the information.
    Information or advice contained in a comment submitted, other than 
business confidential information, may be determined by USTR to be 
confidential in accordance with section 135(g)(2) of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2155(g)(2)). If the submitter believes that information 
or advice may qualify as such, the submitter--
    (1) Must clearly so designate the information or advice;
    (2) Must clearly mark the material as ``SUBMITTED IN CONFIDENCE'' 
at the top and bottom of the cover page and each succeeding page; and
    (3) Is encouraged to provide a non-confidential summary of the 
information or advice.
    Pursuant to section 127(e) of the URAA (19 U.S.C. 3537(e)), USTR 
will maintain a file on this dispute settlement proceeding, accessible 
to the public, in the USTR Reading Room, which is located at 1724 F 
Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508. The public file will include non-
confidential comments received by USTR from the public with respect to 
the dispute; if a dispute settlement panel is convened or in the event 
of an appeal from such a panel, the U.S. submissions, the submissions, 
or non-confidential summaries of submissions, received from other 
participants in the dispute; the report of the panel; and, if 
applicable, the report of the Appellate Body. The USTR Reading Room is 
open to the public, by appointment only, from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 
p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. An appointment to review the 
public file (Docket WTO/DS-373, China Financial Information Services 
Dispute) may be made by calling the USTR Reading Room at (202) 395-
6186.

Daniel Brinza,
Assistant United States Trade Representative for Monitoring and 
Enforcement.
[FR Doc. E8-5885 Filed 3-21-08; 8:45 am]
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