China signals desire to work with US on trade and climate change but remains defiant on defense

During a video conference with US-China Business Council president Craig Allen on Thursday, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao said China was willing to listen to the opinions of American companies and work with Washington to promote cooperation. Wang said China was willing to "continuously improve" to foster a market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment, according to a Commerce Ministry statement on Friday. But Wang urged the US to stop restrictions on Chinese companies and not to regard China as a strategic rival.