Washington: The United States will try to persuade Beijing to strengthen Yuan faster at next week’s US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. America will also call for implementation of an agreement on intellectual property rights, a top US official said.

The US will also try to persuade Beijing to make it easier for foreigners to make portfolio investments in China.

"Next week, we are going to press China to let its exchange rate adjust at a faster pace to correct its still substantial undervaluation," said David Loevinger, the Senior Coordinator and Executive Secretary for China and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

"We're going to press China to implement the important agreements achieved between President Hu and President Obama on protecting intellectual property rights in China and delinking government procurement from innovation policies," he told reporters at a news conference here.

"We're going to encourage China to move more quickly in lifting the ceiling on interest rates, on bank deposits in order to put more money into Chinese consumers' pockets.

"We're going to press them to make it easier for foreigners to make portfolio investments in China, and for Chinese to make portfolio investments abroad," he said.

"We are going to encourage them to provide more opportunities for foreign financial services firms so that they can play a greater role in helping generate the kinds of
financial products that Chinese households need to meet their financial goals and ensure against life's risks and to help Chinese companies -- particularly small and medium-sized
enterprises -- grow their business," Loevinger said.

Established in 2009 by US President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, the third round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue will be led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Treasury Secretary Geithner on the US side; and Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo on the Chinese side.

The objective of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue is to bring together the right people at the right level across both governments to talk about, engage and make progress on issues of concern to both countries.

"The growing importance of our bilateral/economic relationship is reflected by the senior-level representation that we're going to see at our meetings next week in the economic track and that's what I'm going to focus my remarks on," he said.

Agencies