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The United States is not going to settle for one other wave of low-cost Chinese items that flood international markets and harm each American companies and American staff, U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen mentioned in Beijing on Monday on the finish of a four-day go to by means of the nation.

Her remarks got here after Beijing agreed to talks to forestall rising commerce tensions from derailing tentatively enhancing relations with Washington.

The Chinese authorities’s assist for increasing manufacturing in sectors corresponding to photo voltaic, electrical autos and lithium-ion batteries has “growing negative spillovers for the globe” — very similar to a glut of Chinese metal exports that “decimated” industries world wide within the 2010s, Yellen mentioned from the backyard of the American ambassador’s official residence.

“I’ve made it clear that President Biden and I will not accept that reality again,” she mentioned.

The go to, Yellen’s second in 9 months, is a part of an effort to stabilize relations after years of spiraling tensions. Secretary of State Antony Blinken is anticipated to go to China later within the 12 months.

President Biden and Chinese chief Xi Jinping spoke by telephone final week as each superpowers pushed ahead with a tentative reset of a relationship hamstrung by lingering disputes over commerce and expertise.

China has largely welcomed Yellen, who’s seen in Beijing as a pragmatist who opposes the “decoupling” of the world’s two largest economies.

Chinese state media lavished enthusiastic reward on Yellen for her proficiency with chopsticks throughout meals at state-run eating places serving regional Chinese delicacies.

But the optimistic tone has been undercut by rising issues in Europe and the United States a few surge of low-cost Chinese exports — most notably inexperienced applied sciences but in addition of digital home equipment and metal — that might put worldwide opponents out of enterprise.

Analysts have warned of a repeat of the “China shock” that hollowed out American manufacturing within the 2000s if China continues to pump cash into manufacturing to spur a slowing economic system.

“China is now simply too large for the rest of the world to absorb this enormous capacity,” Yellen mentioned. “When the global market is flooded by artificially cheap Chinese products, the viability of American and other foreign firms is put into question.”

She added that U.S. issues are “not animated by anti-China sentiment” and are shared by many different international locations world wide, together with Japan, Mexico and the Philippines, in addition to throughout Europe.

Beijing appeared to acknowledge the necessity for efforts to stem rising commerce tensions from Chinese overproduction.

After assembly Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng on Friday, Yellen introduced an initiative of “intensive exchanges” to handle “imbalances” within the international economic system stemming from Chinese assist of its industries. The talks are set to start inside weeks.

She declined to elaborate on the measures the United States would press China to undertake however mentioned Chinese authorities ought to increase home consumption to stability the present lopsided reliance on manufacturing.

But Beijing has bristled at any suggestion of an answer that harms its rising dominance within the applied sciences wanted to curb reliance on fossil fuels and the greenhouse gases they emit when burned.

Chinese Premier Li Qiang on Sunday known as for the United States to “view issues of industrial capacity objectively” and mentioned China will “contribute significantly to the green and low-carbon transition worldwide.”

China hopes the United States will “uphold the basic norms fair competition” and never “politicize or impose security concerns on trade,” Li mentioned, based on a Chinese authorities readout.

China’s ballooning commerce relationship with Russia was one other level of pressure.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry rejected Yellen’s warning that Chinese corporations mustn’t assist Russia’s navy industrial sector as an try to “attack and smear normal relations between Russia and China.”

On Chinese social media, nonetheless, the dialogue continued to concentrate on Yellen’s meals selections, after she was noticed over the weekend at a Beijing restaurant run by the federal government of Sichuan, a province well-known for its dishes laden with numbing pepper.

State media was fast to notice that goodwill from embracing Chinese meals tradition will solely get the United States to date.

“We welcome U.S. officials to sample Chinese delicacies,” one state-affiliated commentator wrote. “This does not mean that we accept sanctions and restrictive measures.”

Pei-Lin Wu and Vic Chiang in Taipei, Taiwan, contributed to this report.