Following President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.’s summit on Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Woodside, California, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo met yesterday with Minister of Commerce of the PRC Wang Wentao to discuss the U.S.-China bilateral commercial relationship and to follow up on developments since the Secretary’s trip in August. During the meeting, the two discussed progress made under the commercial issues working group and planned to hold an in-person meeting in early 2024. They further discussed and agreed that subject matter experts from both sides will hold technical discussions regarding strengthening the protection of trade secrets and confidential business information during administrative licensing proceedings in January 2024. Secretary Raimondo noted that the Department of Commerce looks forward to working with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to promote increased people-to-people ties between both nations through the revival of the U.S.-China Tourism Leadership Summit, which is scheduled to take place from May 21-23 in Xi’an. Secretary Raimondo also reinforced that protecting national security is not negotiable. She further underscored that U.S. export controls are narrowly targeted at technologies that have clear national security impacts or promote foreign policy objectives, and are not designed to contain China’s economic growth.