An 'important beggining' for US–China ties 
US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo hailed “an important beginning” for Beijing and Washington to manage tensions on Wednesday. 
An 'important beggining' for US–China ties 

An 'important beggining' for US–China ties 

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Eurasia 30/08/2023 15:02

US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo hailed “an important beginning” for Beijing and Washington to manage tensions on Wednesday. Raimondo visited China on a four-day working trip, where she met important Chinese officials, including Chinese Premier Li Qiang.

“It was three days of productive meetings and the biggest achievement was to start regular communication,” said Raimondo wrapping up her visit, according to South China Morning Post.

“The achievement was to have face-to-face discussion and to put on the table some of the biggest challenges in our trade and investment and our commercial relationship", she added.

“It was a big step forward. We can’t solve any problems without first communicating. Now we have to launch these mechanisms and see what problems we might be able to solve.”

Raimondo, the fourth high-ranking US official to visit China in recent months and the first commerce chief in five years, witnessed the creation of a new government and private sector working group – that will discuss and seek to resolve commercial, trade and investment problems – and a review mechanism involving US export controls, SCMP noted.

Raimondo emphasized, that "shutting down communication and decoupling services is neither within our economic nor national security goals.”

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After meeting with Raimondo on Tuesday, Li Qiang said the economic and trade relations between China and the United States are mutually beneficial and win-win in nature. Politicizing economic and trade issues and overstretching the concept of security will not only seriously affect bilateral relations and mutual trust, but also undermine the interests of enterprises and people of the two countries, and will have a disastrous impact on the global economy, according to Xinhua.

"Mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation are the right ways for China and the United States to get along. We hope that the U.S. side will work with China to take more practical and beneficial actions to maintain and develop bilateral relations," he added.

Li said China is willing to strengthen dialogue and cooperation with the United States on the economy and trade, and to promote the sound development of bilateral economic and trade relations. He said he hopes that the United States will work with China in the same direction.

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