Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao (right) shakes hands with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai as they met on the sidelines of the 2023 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting, in Detroit, United States, on May 26, 2023. (PHOTO / COMMERCE MINISTRY, CHINA)
DETROIT, the United States – Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao met with US Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday, on the sidelines of the two-day 2023 APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting in Detroit, the United States.
The two sides had "candid, pragmatic and in-depth" exchanges on the China-US economic and trade relationship, as well as regional and multilateral issues of common concern.
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The Chinese side raised concerns on key issues such as US policies on economy and trade with China, Taiwan-related issues in the economic and trade sector, the "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework" and the Section 301 tariffs.
The two sides agreed to maintain exchanges and communication.
During talks with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Washington on Thursday, Wang also expressed key concerns over US policies on economy and trade with China, and semiconductors, as well as issues concerning export control and outbound investments review.
Meeting with WTO chief
The Chinese commerce minister also met with WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Detroit.
They exchanged views on issues including the ratification of WTO Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies and preparations for the 13th Ministerial Conference (MC13) of the WTO.
Okonjo-Iweala appreciated China's positive and constructive role in the WTO and looked forward to China's continued leadership in promoting the success of the MC13.
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Wang said China practices true multilateralism, actively participates in the reform of the WTO and will make contributions to the success of the MC13 with concrete actions.