“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.”