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US Treasury Secretary: US-China relationship on ‘Surer Footing’

10 July 2023  

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WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said Sunday that 10 hours of talks with Chinese officials in recent days were “productive” and that she was leaving China with the relationship between the two world powers on “surer footing.”

“The U.S. and China have significant disagreements,” Yellen said at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, citing what she called “unfair economic practices” and punitive actions against U.S. businesses operating in China.

But Yellen added that she and U.S. President Joe Biden “believe that the world is big enough for both of our countries to thrive.” The U.S. and China are the world’s two biggest economies.

With relations between the two countries at a low point over national security issues and trade, top officials of the two countries have met in recent weeks to try to restore more normal links. Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Beijing last month, the first trip by the top U.S. diplomat during Biden’s presidency. Climate envoy John Kerry is expected to visit later this month as well.

The U.S. diplomatic push comes ahead of a possible meeting between Biden and President Xi Jinping at September’s Group of 20 summit in New Delhi or at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation gathering scheduled for November in San Francisco.

A senior Treasury official said Yellen’s trip did not result in specific policy breakthroughs but was “very successful” in terms of “re-establishing contact” and building relationships.

During her visit, Yellen met for five hours with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng on Saturday. The Treasury Department described the meetings as “candid, constructive and comprehensive,” while Chinese state media termed them “in-depth, candid and pragmatic.”

Yellen defended Biden administration restrictions on technology exports that Beijing disagrees with and said such disagreements should not prevent the two countries from finding ways to address ″important global challenges, such as debt distress in emerging markets and developing countries and climate change.”

The treasury secretary was also able to meet with China’s new economic team.

“My objective during this trip has been to establish and deepen relationships with the new economic leadership team in place in Beijing,” Yellin said.

“Our discussions are part of a broader concerted effort to stabilize the relationship, reduce the risk of misunderstanding, and discuss areas of cooperation.”

On Friday, Yellen held “candid and constructive” talks with China’s prime minister, Li Qiang, in Beijing.

A Treasury Department statement said Yellen “discussed the administration’s desire to seek healthy economic competition with China that benefits both economies, including American workers and businesses.”

She also emphasized close communication on “global macroeconomic and financial issues and working together on global challenges, including debt distress in low-income and emerging economies and climate finance.”

China’s foreign ministry released a statement saying the prime minister noted that U.S. and Chinese economic interests are closely intertwined, and that China’s development is an opportunity rather than a challenge to the United States. Beijing said that Yellen stated during the talks the U.S. “does not seek ‘decoupling and disconnection’ and has no intention of hindering China’s modernization process.”

The foreign ministry said, “China and the United States should strengthen coordination and cooperation, join hands to tackle global challenges and promote common development.”

While both sides described Yellen’s visit in positive terms, no new plans for more high-level meetings were announced.

Washington is keen on strengthening ties with China’s and next month the top U.S. diplomat, Antony Blinken, is scheduled to visit China.

Climate envoy John Kerry is set to be in China later this month.


Publish Date : 10 July 2023 16:34 PM

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