BEIJING – The United States urged China on Saturday to pursue fair trade relationships that would benefit both sides after the US President repeatedly criticized China’s trade surplus.
During the visit of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to China, the first member of President Donald Trump’s cabinet to do so, he stressed that the United States and China are the two largest economies in the world and should promote stability and growth.
“Our two countries should have a positive trade relationship that is fair and pays dividends both ways,” Tillerson told reporters after meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
The Chinese minister said that “the two nations should properly resolve their differences and push forward the development of Sino-US relations.”
Tillerson’s visit came after Trump, as a candidate and then as president, criticized China’s trade surplus and accused the Chinese of stealing US jobs.