Blinken meets with Xi Jinping in bid to ease China tensions

Blinken meets with Xi Jinping in bid to ease China tensions

HONG KONG — Chinese language President Xi Jinping hailed “progress” in talks with Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Beijing on Monday, because the superpowers pledged to stabilize a spiraling relationship.

The 35-minute assembly on the Nice Corridor of the Folks capped the second and last day of a high-stakes go to by America’s high diplomat aimed toward easing tensions between the world’s two largest economies.

Throughout the talks, Xi mentioned China doesn’t search to problem or displace the USA, however insisted the U.S. should additionally respect China’s rights and pursuits, in keeping with a readout from the Chinese language Overseas Ministry.

Blinken’s journey to China is the primary by a U.S. secretary of state since 2018, and he’s additionally the highest-ranking U.S. official to go to China since President Joe Biden took workplace. His talks with Xi — seen as key to the journey’s success — had been anticipated however had not been confirmed by both facet till shortly earlier than they had been scheduled to start.

Ties between the 2 international locations have deteriorated in latest months over commerce, Taiwan, human rights, Chinese language army aggression within the South China Sea and Russia’s battle in Ukraine.

In remarks earlier than their assembly, Xi mentioned “the 2 sides have additionally made progress and reached settlement on some particular points.”

Blinken mentioned Biden had requested him to journey to China “as a result of he believes the USA and China have an obligation to responsibly handle our relationship.” 

“The US is dedicated to doing that. It’s within the curiosity of the USA, within the curiosity of China and within the curiosity of the world,” Blinken mentioned.

“I admire this chance to debate a means ahead with you,” he instructed Xi.  

Blinken met earlier with Wang Yi, China’s high diplomat, and with Chinese language Overseas Minister Qin Gang, each of whom had been additionally on the assembly with Xi.

State Division officers had mentioned the 2 international locations had been unlikely to achieve any breakthroughs throughout Blinken’s journey, which had initially been deliberate for February however was postponed after the invention of a suspected Chinese language spy balloon over U.S. territory.

China, whereas emphasizing the significance of resuming high-level communication, had additionally expressed much less enthusiasm forward of Blinken’s go to this week than it did earlier than the sooner journey was postponed.

But it surely might lay the groundwork for a gathering later this yr between Biden and Xi, who final met in Indonesia final November on the sidelines of a summit of the Group of 20 main economies.

Biden instructed reporters on Saturday that he hoped to fulfill with Xi within the coming months to debate “professional variations we have now but in addition how there’s areas we will get alongside.”

After arriving on Sunday, Blinken met with Qin, China’s overseas minister, for talks that each side described as “candid” and “constructive.” These talks lasted for nearly six hours, adopted by a two-hour working dinner, in keeping with senior State Division officers.

The 2 international locations mentioned Qin, who was beforehand the Chinese language ambassador to the USA, had accepted an invite from Blinken to go to the U.S. at a mutually appropriate time.

Blinken’s assembly with Xi capped two days of talks with senior Chinese language officers. Leah Millis / AFP – Getty Photos

Blinken then had a three-hour assembly on Monday with Wang Yi, China’s high diplomat, that seemed to be a bit of extra fractious.

Wang blamed the USA’ “misperceptions” about China for the poor relations between the 2 international locations and mentioned Washington had to select “between dialogue and confrontation, and cooperation and battle.”

He mentioned it was vital to reverse the “downward spiral” within the relationship, return it to a wholesome and steady path and “collectively discover the best means for China and the USA to get together with one another within the new period.”

Wang requested that the U.S. elevate sanctions on Chinese language entities and cease suppressing China’s technological improvement, a reference to U.S. export controls on semiconductor expertise. He additionally emphasised China’s place on Taiwan, a self-ruling democracy that Beijing claims as its territory and whose standing is without doubt one of the greatest flashpoints in U.S.-China relations.

China has accused the U.S., Taiwan’s most vital worldwide backer, of selling Taiwan independence via official exchanges between the island’s president and senior U.S. officers akin to former Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her successor, Kevin McCarthy. The Biden administration denies that U.S. coverage on Taiwan has modified.

On the query of Taiwan, “China has no room for compromise or concession,” the readout mentioned.

Blinken “underscored the significance of responsibly managing the competitors between the USA and [China] via open channels of communication to make sure competitors doesn’t veer into battle,” State Division spokesperson Matthew Miller mentioned in a press release.

The secretary additionally “reiterated that the USA will proceed to make use of diplomacy to lift areas of concern and rise up for the pursuits and values of the American folks.”


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