President’s President Joe Biden’s National Security Adviser will hold talks with China’s top diplomat in Switzerland this week, the White House said Tuesday, fulfilling a promise from the two countries’ leaders to increase communication between officials.
The meeting will come at a time of heightened tensions between the world’s two largest economies over a wide range of issues, including Taiwan.
“The meeting follows President Biden’s September 9 phone call with President Xi while we continue to strive to manage responsibly the competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China,” the White House said in a statement.
This will be Mr. Sullivan’s first face-to-face meeting with Mr. Yang since the tough exchanges in Alaska in March, which also included US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Secretary Blinken, currently on a visit to Paris, had a phone call with Mr Yang in June and stressed the need for co-operation and transparency on the origins of COVID-19 and raised other hot topics, including China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims, the Hong Kong issue Congo and Taiwan.
Earlier, the Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post quoted an official aware of the preparations for the meeting as saying that the two officials would meet on Tuesday and Wednesday and that the aim was to “rebuild communication channels and implement the consensus. reached between Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden.
President Biden’s September 9 phone call with President Xi ended a nearly seven-month gap in direct communication between the leaders of the world’s two largest economies, and they discussed the need to ensure that competition between the two largest economies the world not to go into conflict.
Among their commitments was that officials, including those at the working level, would increase communication, according to a Chinese statement at the time.
With trade tensions also at the top of the US-China agenda, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who was in Paris on Tuesday to attend Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) meetings, said she hoped to hold discussions soon. with Chinese counterparts.
On Monday, Ms. Tai announced the results of a full one-month review of China’s trade policy, vowing to hold “sincere” talks with Beijing on the non-compliance of the Chinese side with the former president’s trade deal. Trump and to end harmful industrial policies.
The Global Times, a tabloid published by the Daily People, the official organ of the ruling Communist Party, said in a comment that China was willing to build mutually beneficial trade with the United States, but that it would not make principled concessions and that it would not was afraid of a full race.
“The Sino-US trade war has lasted for more than three and a half years. “Instead of weakening, the Chinese economy has taken a step forward compared to the level of the United States.”
Several talks between officials from both countries since President Biden took office in January have yielded few concrete results, and U.S. officials said the Biden-Xi phone call was a test of whether direct high-level engagement could end the stalemate in relations. , which are at their worst level in decades.
After that phone call, President Biden on Tuesday denied a media report that Xi turned down an offer from Biden for a first face-to-face meeting as leader.
The G20 summit in Italy in October has been rumored as a possible venue for a face-to-face meeting, but President Xi has not left China since the pandemic began early last year.
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