Gina Raimondo Conveys Concerns to Chinese Officials, Emphasizes Need for Cooperation
Gina Raimondo, the U.S. secretary of commerce, recently met with top Chinese officials to address various challenges faced by American businesses in China. Despite expressing concerns, Raimondo emphasized that the United States does not seek to sever economic ties with China.
Meeting with Chinese Officials
During her visit, Raimondo met with several Chinese officials, including Premier Li Qiang and Vice Premier He Lifeng. In these meetings, she raised concerns about issues such as intellectual property theft, raids on businesses, counterespionage laws, and exorbitant fines without explanations.
In discussions with Chinese officials, Raimondo cited the concerns of U.S. companies like Intel, Micron, and Boeing. However, she did not receive any commitments from Chinese officials. Notably, China scuttled Intel’s acquisition, severely restricted Micron’s semiconductor sales, and halted purchases of Boeing jets in favor of Airbus aircraft.
Requests and Response
Raimondo highlighted the need for China’s cooperation on issues like climate change, fentanyl, and artificial intelligence. In turn, the Chinese requested that the United States reduce export controls on advanced technology and retract a recent executive order banning new investments in certain technologies. Raimondo firmly refused these requests, stating that matters of national security are non-negotiable.
Maintaining Economic Relationship
Raimondo emphasized that the goal is not to decouple the economies of the United States and China but to maintain a stable and mutually beneficial trade relationship. Despite the challenges, she highlighted the potential for economic opportunities between both countries.
Response from China
Chinese Premier Li acknowledged the mutually beneficial nature of economic relations between China and the United States. However, he warned against politicizing economic and trade issues, stating that it could have a disastrous impact on bilateral relations and the global economy.
Efforts to Improve Relations
Raimondo’s visit is part of the Biden administration’s efforts to improve and restore communication in the U.S.-China relationship. Her discussions covered a wide range of issues, including national security and commercial opportunities for tourism.
Agreements and Future Talks
Raimondo and China’s commerce minister, Wang Wentao, agreed to hold regular discussions on commercial issues and exchange information on export controls. They also discussed hosting a gathering in China to promote the travel industry early next year.
Challenges in the Travel Industry
Although travel from China to the United States remains significantly lower than pre-pandemic levels, efforts are being made to promote tourism and restore travel between the two countries. The number of flights between the United States and China is still limited, but there are plans to increase the frequency of flights.
Mode of Transportation
Rather than flying, Raimondo and her delegation traveled by high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai. This mode of transportation allowed for efficient travel between the two cities, highlighting the advanced infrastructure in China.