China, US grapple with tensions at trade talks

November 20, 2011 10:16

CHENGDU, China  - Chinese and US officials started meeting on Sunday to grapple with trade disputes that have strained ties between the world's two biggest economies, carrying forward concerns exchanged between leaders at back-to-back Asian summits in the past week.

At the annual US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, or JCCT, in the southwest Chinese city of Chengdu, US Commerce Secretary John Bryson said he would push for "concrete and measurable" steps to boost US exports.

US President Barack Obama over the past week met with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao twice, both times discussing barriers to trade among other issues. Obama said China is now "grown up" and should act that way in international affairs.

China's official reaction has been restrained, with an impending leadership succession preoccupying the Communist Party and leaving it anxious to avoid diplomatic fireworks.

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