U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo is expected to land in Beijing to start a four-day visit to China that will last until Wednesday, making her the fourth U.S. senior official to travel to China over the past 10 weeks.
Raimondo's trip to China follows on the heels of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry's recent visits.
During Blinken's June visit, China and the U.S. agreed to encourage more people-to-people and educational exchanges and stay committed to increasing passenger flights between the two countries.
During her visit, China will state its position on economic and trade issues of concern to the U.S. side, according to a spokesperson for the Chinese Commerce Ministry, who added that China looks forward to in-depth discussions on resolving economic and trade differences and promoting practical cooperation.
In an "in-depth, pragmatic and constructive" discussion with Raimondo in Washington D.C. ahead of her visit, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Xie Feng urged the U.S. side to work with China and "make the list of cooperation longer and shorten the negative list" in joint efforts to stabilize China-U.S. relations.
Despite the tariffs or export controls, data released by the U.S. Department of Commerce in February, which were not adjusted for inflation, showed that goods trade between the U.S. and China hit a record $690.6 billion in 2022, with goods exports to China increasing by $2.4 billion and imports by $31.8 billion.
"U.S. exports to China support a broad swath of the U.S. economy," said the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) in its 2023 report on U.S. exports to China. "These exports contribute to American livelihoods across the country."
Raimondo's visit also coincides with reports that the U.S. is seeking a short-term renewal of a landmark agreement with China on scientific and technological cooperation.
This article is from CGTN.
Author：LiuQing ， A reporter from China Global Television Network（CGTN），[email protected]