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The U.S. and China are talking again. Where it will lead is unclear

By Ana Swanson and Keith Bradsher

31 Aug 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo visited China with the aim of persuading Chinese officials to open their market to foreign businesses and buy more American exports. However, she left with no concrete commitments from China to treat foreign businesses more equitably or increase purchases of American products.

SHANGHAI — When Gina Raimondo, the commerce secretary, visited China this week, she joined a long line of U.S. politicians who have come to the country to try to sway Chinese officials to open their market to foreign businesses and buy more American exports, in addition to other goals.

Raimondo left Shanghai on Wednesday night with no concrete commitments from China to treat foreign businesses more equitably or step up purchases of Boeing jets, Iowa corn or other products. In a farewell news conference, she said hoping for such an outcome would have been unrealistic.

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