Li Keqiang Meets with US Secretary of Commerce Raimondo, Emphasizes Healthy Development of China-US Relations

On the afternoon of August 29, Premier of the State Council, Li Keqiang, met with US Secretary of Commerce, Raimondo, at the Great Hall of the People.

Li Keqiang expressed that establishing a healthy and stable relationship between China and the United States is beneficial not only for both countries but also for the world. President Xi Jinping and President Biden successfully held a meeting in Bali, Indonesia last year, reaching a series of important consensus, which has set the direction for the development of China-US relations. Recently, the US has expressed its commitment to return to the agenda set at the Bali summit between the two heads of state, and China welcomes this. Mutual respect, peaceful coexistence, and win-win cooperation are the right path for China-US relations. He hopes that the US and China will work together to take more practical and beneficial actions to maintain and develop bilateral relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out that the essence of China-US economic and trade relations is mutual benefit and win-win cooperation. Politicizing and securitizing economic and trade issues not only seriously affect bilateral relations and mutual trust but also harm the interests of enterprises and people in both countries, leading to catastrophic impacts on the global economy. China is the largest developing country, and the United States is the largest developed country. Both sides should strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation, reduce friction and confrontation, jointly promote global economic recovery, and address global challenges. China is willing to enhance dialogue and cooperation in the field of economic and trade with the US, promote the healthy development of China-US economic and trade relations, and hopes that the US will work with China.

Raimondo stated that the Biden administration supports China’s economic development and improvement of people’s livelihood, has no intention to contain China’s development, and does not seek to decouple from China. The US is willing to maintain communication with China, safeguard normal economic and trade relations between the two countries, and promote stable development of bilateral relations. The US is also willing to strengthen cooperation with China in areas such as artificial intelligence, climate change, and combating fentanyl.