China says face-to-face dialogue between US, Chinese officials was candid, professional

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China says face-to-face dialogue between US, Chinese officials was candid, professional

The Ministry of Commerce said Thursday that the face-to-face dialogue between China's Commerce Minister Wang Wentao and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai was candid, professional and constructive.

Shu Jueting, a ministry spokesman, said the dialogue was held after the meeting between the heads of state of China and the United States.

Shu said that the two trade officials discussed bilateral economic and trade issues as well as multilateral and regional trade cooperation.

During the dialogue, Wang said that the two sides should have respect for each other, seek common ground while reserving differences, find concrete ways to solve problems on the basis of mutual trust.

While expressing solemn concern about the US trade and investment restrictions and Taiwan-related issues, Wang suggested that the two sides consider opening-minded to regional economic cooperation initiatives that are open, inclusive and conducive to solidarity and cooperation.

He said that China will steadfastly follow the Chinese path to modernization, improve the business environment and seek peaceful development, and that there will be information about the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. Both sides agreed to maintain communication.

The face-to-face dialogue between the two sides helped deepen mutual understanding and improve coordination, Shu said.

The United States will work with China to push bilateral economic and trade cooperation back on the path of steady and sound development, according to a statement by the two heads of state at their meeting.