Official calls for ‘joint efforts’ in China-US trade

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Commerce Minister appealed to Washington for “joint efforts” to revive trade but gave no indication yesterday when tariff war talks might resume or whether Beijing might offer concessions.

“Cooperation is the only correct choice,” Wang Wentao said at a news conference.

United States (US) President Joe Biden has yet to announce a strategy for dealing with Beijing but is widely expected to renew pressure on trade and technology complaints that prompted his predecessor, Donald Trump, to raise taxes on Chinese imports.

Wang said he looked forward to “joint efforts” to “push bilateral economic and trade relations back to the track of cooperation”.

People wearing face masks to help curb the spread of the coronavirus look at the Nike brand shoes for sale at the capital city’s popular shopping mall in Beijing yesterday. PHOTO: AP