US President Joe Biden’s national security adviser will hold talks with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Switzerland on Wednesday, reaffirming the two countries’ commitment to enhance communication between deep strategic rivals.
The Zurich meeting comes at a time of rising tensions between the world’s two largest economies over various issues, including Taiwan. This is the first face-to-face meeting of US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan since the fierce exchanges in Alaska in March.
In a statement from the White House, Biden said following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 9 that “we continue to seek to responsibly manage the rivalry between the United States and the People’s Republic of China.”
That call ended a gap of about seven months in direct communication between the leaders.
In a brief statement on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang and Sullivan said they would “exchange views on Sino-US relations and related issues” during the Zurich meeting.
Blinken, who is currently visiting Paris, called on Yang in June, stressing the need for cooperation and transparency over the origin of the Govt-19 and raising other controversial topics such as China’s Uyghur Muslims, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post quoted an official familiar with the arrangements for the Zurich meeting as saying the aim was to “rebuild the communication channels and implement a consensus decision” between Xi and Biden.
As trade tensions are at the peak of the US-China agenda, US Trade Representative Catherine Toy said she hopes the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Meetings in Paris will hold talks with Chinese colleagues soon.
Tai released the results of a month-long “top-down” review of Chinese trade policy that promised to hold “open” talks with Beijing on former President Donald Trump’s failure to deliver on a trade deal and concluded promises. Harmful industrial policies.
The Global Times, a Chinese government-run pamphlet, says China is ready to build mutually beneficial trade with the United States, but does not offer concessions in principle and is not afraid of a tug-of-war.
“The Sino-US trade war lasted more than three and a half years. Instead of weakening, China’s economy has advanced one step compared to the size of the United States,” it said.
Negotiations between officials from both powers have shown little firm progress since Biden took office in January. U.S. officials say the Biden-G call is a test of whether the stalemate in direct top-level relations will end.
After that call, Biden denied a press release, dismissing the leaders for Biden’s first face-to-face meeting.
Since then, the United States has taken a series of steps to strengthen its hand against China in coordination with allies.
This includes the announcement of a tripartite partnership with Britain and Australia, known as AUKUS, to supply nuclear-powered submarines. Biden held a first-person summit with Australia, India and Japan, in which “Quad” leaders pledged to pursue an independent and open Indo-Pacific region by “coercion”.
The White House has said that Sullivan will travel to Brussels for meetings with NATO and EU officials and in Paris to brief Europeans on the meeting with Yang.
At NATO he will discuss the implementation of a resolution to modernize alliance and strategic challenges at the NATO summit in June, and he will talk to EU officials on trade, technology and global economic issues.
Biden’s management follows a massive domestic spending proposal aimed at rebuilding domestic infrastructure and industry.
Evan Maduros, an Asian expert during the administration of former President Barack Obama, spoke about the meeting in Zurich. “It’s serious and systematic about the competition. That means our views on the borders, their behavior, especially on the latest air force strike packages around Taiwan.”
The United States has blamed Beijing for escalating tensions over the democratically ruling island of Beijing, despite unprecedented incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone.
Analysts may have allowed improvements in some aspects of communication relations between senior U.S. and Chinese officials, for example, allowing more journalists to return to each other’s countries and reopen closed consulates in Houston and Chengdu.
The monthly G20 summit in Italy was spoken of as a possible venue for a face-to-face Biden-G summit.
“I hope this will lead to a Biden-Ji Jinping meeting, which should be virtual,” said Bonnie Glaser, an Asian expert at the German Marshall Fund in the United States.
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