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Chinese envoy expresses concern about US tariffs with Yellen

BEIJING – China’s envoy for trade war talks with Washington expressed concern about U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports during a phone call Tuesday with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, the Commerce Department said, but gave no indication of progress on resolving a series of disputes.

Vice Premier Liu He and Yellen also discussed the problems of the global economy and supply chain, the ministry said in a statement.

“The Chinese side has expressed concern over issues such as the lifting of United States tariffs and sanctions against China and the fair treatment of Chinese companies,” the statement said.

There was no announcement from the Ministry of Finance. Offices in the US were closed on Monday for the Independence Day holiday.

President Joe Biden said on June 18 he was “deciding” whether to cancel some tariff hikes on Chinese imports by his predecessor, Donald Trump, in a row over Beijing’s tech ambitions and trade surplus.

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Yellen has called for some of these tariffs to be removed in order to bring down US inflation. Other US officials, including Trade Representative Katherine Tai, have expressed concern about tariffs being lifted if China has failed to fulfill some of its promises to buy more American goods.

Trade envoys from the two governments are speaking regularly by phone and video link, but have yet to announce a date for resuming face-to-face meetings.

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