US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has said that changes to China’s centralised economic system will not be a goal of the coming trade talks in Beijing later this week, but he hopes China will open itself more to foreign competition.
“It is not my objective to change the Chinese system,” Lighthizer told the US Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, according to Reuters. “It seems to work for them… But I have to be in a position where the United States can deal with it, where the United States isn’t the victim of it and that’s where our role is.”
Lighthizer will head to Beijing on Thursday as part of a U.S. delegate to further trade talks between the two countries, hoping to ease tensions that have spiked in the past month.
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