BEIJING (AP) — China’s ambassador to trade war talks with Washington raised concerns about U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during a phone call Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Commerce Ministry said, but it gave no indication of progress in resolving the row. quarrels
Vice Premier Liu He and Yellen also discussed the global economy and supply chain issues, the ministry statement said.
“The United States has expressed concern on the Chinese side about issues such as the elimination of tariffs and sanctions against China and the fair treatment of Chinese enterprises,” the statement said.
There was no announcement from the Treasury Department. Offices in America are closed on Monday for Independence Day.
President Joe Biden said on June 18 he was “making my decision” on whether to reverse some tariff hikes on Chinese imports by his predecessor, Donald Trump, in a dispute over Beijing’s technological ambitions and trade surplus.
Yellen has called for the removal of some of those tariffs to reduce US inflation. Other US officials, including Trade Representative Catherine Tai, have expressed concern about lifting the tariffs when China fails to fulfill some of its promises to buy more American goods.
Trade envoys from the two governments speak regularly by phone and video link but they have not yet announced a date to resume face-to-face meetings.