U.S.-China relationship showing few signs of thaw


The United States has said for months that it wants to thaw its icy diplomatic relationship with China. New tension points keep getting in the way.

The U.S. advance of trade talks with Taiwan, made public last week, and China’s recent ban of memory chips from a U.S.-based company in its infrastructure projects are the latest frictions roiling ties between the two economic powers.

The disruptions come right before an expected meeting between Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao in Washington on Thursday. Wang is also expected to sit-down with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on the sidelines of a gathering of trade officials in Detroit, although that meeting has not yet been confirmed.