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China Vice Premier Liu He Speaks With Treasury Secretary Yellen

Liu He and Janet Yellen talked about the US-China macroeconomic situation and bilateral relations, a statement from China’s commerce ministry said.


China's Vice Premier Liu He signed the Phase-1 trade deal with the US in Washington in January 2020. Photo: AFP.

 

China’s Vice Premier Liu He spoke with US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on October 26 in a video call and talked about the macroeconomic situation and bilateral relations, according to a statement from China’s commerce ministry.

Yellen “frankly raised issues of concern,” the US Treasury later said in a short separate statement, which did not elaborate on the concerns but added that Yellen looked forward to future discussions with Liu.

Both sides said it was important for the two countries to strengthen communication and coordination on macroeconomic policies, according to the Chinese side’s readout.

China also expressed its concerns over US tariffs and the fair treatment of Chinese companies, it said.

Liu, who has led China’s negotiations in Sino-US trade talks since former US President Donald Trump embarked on a trade war with Beijing, has held talks with both Yellen and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai earlier this year.

Increased engagement between the trade and economic chiefs of the world’s largest economies since Joe Biden became US president in January comes even as the US administration criticises Beijing on human rights abuses and seeks to rally other rich nations to form a united front against China.

Earlier in October, Tai pledged to exclude some Chinese imports from tariffs while pressing Beijing over its failure to keep some promises made in a “Phase 1” trade deal made under the Trump administration.

 

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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