A spokesman for the Commerce Department, Gao Feng, said Thursday that he had received an invitation from the United States for a new round of trade negotiations and that details were being communicated.
The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that top U.S. officials headed by U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Nutchin have invited Chinese officials to propose a new round of bilateral trade negotiations.
"The negotiating teams of China and the United States have been communicating recently. The negotiating teams of the two sides have exchanged their concerns. China confirms that it has received an invitation from the United States and welcomes this. At present, the details of the negotiations are being communicated, and China's consistent attitude is that trade conflicts are not in the interests of all parties, "the summit said at a routine news conference of the Ministry of Commerce on Thursday.
Earlier, at the invitation of the United States, Vice Minister of Commerce and Deputy Representative of International Trade Negotiators Wang Ziwen led a Chinese delegation in Washington from August 22 to 23 to have constructive and frank exchanges with U.S. delegation led by U.S. Vice Minister of Finance Marpas on economic and trade issues of mutual concern.
Recently, the United States unilaterally imposed tariffs on US $50 billion worth of goods exported by China. In order to safeguard its own interests, China has responded to the same value of US exports to China.
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