Chinese and U.S. flags flutter near the federal government before the U.S. trade delegation meets its Chinese counterparts for talks on July 30, 2019 in Shanghai, China.
Aly Song | Reuters
BEIJING – The leaders of the U.S.-China trade talks held their first call to the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday, the Chinese Department of Commerce said.
US Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Chinese Vice Prime Minister Liu Er had an “open, pragmatic and constructive” conversation, the ministry said in an online Chinese-language statement translated by CNBC.
The statement did not provide details of developments in trade or the withdrawal of tariffs applied under the Trump administration.
However, the ministry said both sides agreed to further communication, describing the appeal as an appeal with an attitude of “mutual respect”. Beijing often uses this term when it comes to cheaper communication with the US.
Earlier this week the US-based Peterson Institute for International Economics Chinese purchases of U.S. goods are still lagging behind the amount agreed under the phase one trade agreement signed in January 2020.