Trade negotiators from the US and China made their first contact on Thursday since US President Joe Biden took office to address the current trade dispute.
This was confirmed by both governments, where it was found that the United States’ sales representative, Katherine Tai, and the Chinese Vice Prime Minister, Liu He, had spoken.
From Washington, they stated that it was a “virtual introductory meeting” to “discuss the importance of trade relations between the United States and China” in an exchange that they judged to be “sincere” and with which they ” hope “interest” will be repeated.
Tai has defended the Biden administration’s “guiding principles of labor-centered trade policy” and the ongoing review of US-China trade relations, raising “worrisome questions”.
In a statement by the Commerce Department, Beijing described the conversation as “sincere, pragmatic and constructive” while developing “an attitude of equality and mutual respect”.
“The two parties believe that commercial development is very important,” said China. During the virtual meeting they “exchanged views on issues of mutual interest” and agreed to “keep communicating”.