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U.S. and China Trade Confirmed Trade Chiefs to Meet in Washington

Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao speaks during a press conference in Beijing, China. Reuters file

During his visit to the United States, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao will meet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, his ministry announced Thursday.

Wang and Raimondo will meet on Thursday, according to Shu Jueting, spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Commerce, at a routine briefing in Beijing.

According to Reuters, the meeting will take place in Washington, making it the first cabinet-level meeting in the U.S. capital between U.S. and Chinese officials from the Biden administration.

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Wang is in the United States for the 2023 APEC Trade Ministers’ Meeting, to be held in Detroit from Thursday to Friday, where he will meet Tai.

“The Chinese side will exchange views on China-US relations and issues of common concern,” Shu said.

On Monday, Wang met with representatives of US companies in Shanghai, including Johnson & Johnson, 3M, Dow, Merck and Honeywell, according to the Commerce Ministry, telling them that “China will continue to welcome US-funded companies. United to grow in China”. and achieve win-win results”.

China on Sunday said U.S. chipmaker Micron posed a national security risk, banning the company from selling its memory chips to major domestic industries.

The ban follows a series of raids on American consultants operating in China.

Wang’s trip to the United States comes after the Group of Seven (G7) leaders met in Hiroshima, during which US President Joe Biden and other G7 leaders took aim at China over the “economic coercion” and said they would “reduce risk” without “decoupling” from the world’s second-largest economy in everything from chips to minerals.

“China hopes the G7 will not abuse trade and investment restrictions while saying it will not seek to dissociate itself from the country,” Shu said.

This month, Wang met US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns in Beijing, amid speculation of a visit by senior US officials after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a February trip after states downed a Chinese spy balloon that was flying over sensitive military sites.

Raimondo and Blinken, as well as US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, have all expressed interest in visiting China.

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