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China and US trade authorities will meet next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Top trade officials from China and the United States will meet in Washington next week, a Beijing diplomatic spokesman said on Thursday in a new effort to reach out and repair ties damaged by the economic superpowers.

Spokesman Liu Pengyu made the announcement at an online press briefing at the Chinese embassy in Washington, saying his country was open to communication with the United States at all levels, but only on the basis of mutual respect.

A source familiar with the plans said Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao will meet with US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo in Washington next week before traveling to Detroit for the Asia Pacific Economic Area (APEC) meeting of Forum for Cooperation officials.

Wang will also meet US Trade Representative Catherine Tai. The meeting is to be held on May 25 and 26.

Spokespeople for Tai and Raimondo’s offices did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Washington has expressed enthusiasm for high-level meetings with China to prevent the increasingly strained ties from provoking further conflict.

Jake Sullivan, the national security adviser to President Joe Biden, met with China’s diplomacy chief Wang Yi in Vienna last week and both sides acknowledged the need to move on from the spy balloon incident, a senior Washington official said. affected the relationship between

Biden has been trying to arrange a phone call with Chinese President Xi Jinping, but neither side has released any further details about the contact or about the possibility of US Secretary of State Antony Blinken rescheduling a trip to Beijing. Have given.

Blinken postponed his trip in February after the United States shot down a Chinese-origin balloon that was flying over sensitive military compounds.

“It is imperative for the US side to adopt the correct perception of China and we hope it will return to a rational and pragmatic policy so that the two countries can achieve better development and prosperity together,” Liu told reporters.

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