U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo raised concerns on China's industrial policiesWorld | 11 Jun 2021 7:38 am
The Biden administration's senior commerce official told her Chinese counterpart Washington is concerned about Beijing's industrial policies, the Commerce Department said on Thursday, the latest high-level exchange as the countries spar over disagreements, Reuters reports.
The department said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo's phone call with Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao also included discussion of Washington's view on "the need to level the playing field for U.S. companies in China and the importance of protecting U.S. technology from unauthorized users."
China's commerce ministry said separately that the two officials agreed to keep lines of communication open.
"They agreed to promote the healthy development of trade and investment and cooperate in a pragmatic way to handle their differences," the Chinese ministry said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Vice Premier Liu spoke with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and late last month he held a similarly "candid" exchange of views with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai.