WASHINGTON--The American Insurance Association yesterday calledfor expediting the process for China to meet its World TradeOrganization mandates.

With Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick scheduled totestify before the House Committee on International Relations, theAIA hoped the discussion would include the topic of China's slowprogress toward fulfilling the WTO requirements for insurance.

"We are increasingly impatient with the absence of moreprogress, particularly on insurance matters," said David Snyder,vice president and assistant general counsel for the AIA. "China isdepriving its citizens of the compensation, loss reduction andinfrastructure financing that insurance brings to a developingcountry."

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