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In China's words, it's open for business. In actions, not so much

By Meaghan Tobin

23 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

China's commerce minister will visit the U.S. this week with a message that China welcomes foreign businesses and investment. But business leaders have plenty of reason to be wary. The Post reports.

Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao will arrive in Washington this week with a message for American companies: China is open for business and warmly welcomes American investment.

It was a message he delivered to American business leaders in Shanghai - including executives from 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Merck, Dow and Honeywell - on Monday, before his departure for Washington, where he is set to meet Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, according to the Chinese Embassy in Washington.

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