US, China trade envoys hold high-level talks

The United States and China have held their first high-level trade talks since US President Joe Biden took office in January.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative on Wednesday released a readout of the phone talks between Trade Representative Katherine Tai and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

It said Tai discussed the "guiding principles of the Biden-Harris Administration's worker-centered trade policy" and raised issues of concern.

China's Ministry of Commerce said Tai and Liu had a candid, constructive discussion and exchanged opinions on matters of mutual concern.

Under the previous Trump administration, the two countries engaged in a fierce trade dispute that involved rounds of tit-for-tat tariff hikes.

In January 2020, the two countries reached a Phase One trade deal that called on China to buy more US farm products. Officials have regularly been checking progress in implementing the deal.

The Biden administration has been criticizing China's efforts to protect intellectual property rights as insufficient.

China has been demanding that the US lift tariffs on a wide range of Chinese products.