Chinese ambassador urges US to improve bilateral relations, stresses economic, trade cooperation

Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang on Monday urged Washington to "make earnest efforts" to improve bilateral ties, stressing the role of economic and trade cooperation as the "ballast and propeller" of China-US relations. "If we compare China-US relations to a giant ship, then economic and trade cooperation has been its ballast and propeller. When the ship sails against heavy winds and huge waves, we need to add more strength to the ballast and propeller," Qin said during a virtual meeting with board members of the US-China Business Council (USCBC), a trade group representing more than 200 American companies that do business with China.