Blinken Meets Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang On High-stakes Diplomatic Trip To Beijing
On a high-stakes diplomatic mission to calm U.S.-China tensions that have engulfed geopolitics in recent months, US Secretary of State Antony blinken meets chinese foreign minister qin gang and top diplomat Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday.
Cecilia JonesJun 18, 20233780 Shares145366 Views
On a high-stakes diplomatic mission to calm U.S.-China tensions that have engulfed geopolitics in recent months, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Chinese foreign minister Qin Gangand top diplomat Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday.
Blinken's journey makes him the highest-ranking American official to visit China since Joe Biden became US president, and the first US secretary of state to do so in nearly five years.
According to a statement issued by the US State Department on Sunday, Blinken had "candid, substantive, and constructive talks" with Qin. According to the statement, he expressed concerns as well as "opportunities to explore cooperation," and he highlighted the necessity of open communication. A spokesman said.
The Secretary made clear that the United States will always stand up for the interests and values of the American people and work with its allies and partners to advance our vision for a world that is free, open, and upholds the international rules-based order.- spokesman
Blinken invited Qin to the United States to resume conversations, and a spokeswoman claimed the two agreed to meet at a "mutually suitable time." Blinken will meet with Chinese authorities again on Monday in Beijing.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) walks with China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang (R) ahead of a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on June 18, 2023
His original February travel plans were thwarted by reports of a Chinese surveillance balloon passing above US territory.
The purported spy balloon was eventually shot down by the United States, and tensions between the world's two greatest economies have remained high since. Beijing said the balloon was an unidentified weather tracker that strayed from its intended path.
Blinken was scheduled to have a working dinner with Qin, China's former ambassador to the United States, later Sunday at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse. According to sources, Blinken may also meet with President Xi Jinping on Monday during his two-day visit.
Expectations for a dramatic improvement in the United States-China relationship, particularly as a result of Blinken's visit, remain low. According to State Department spokeswoman Matthew Miller, Blinken will address the need of keeping open lines of communication and will "raise bilateral issues of concern, global and regional matters, and potential cooperation on shared transnational challenges."
The US defense chief and his Chinese counterpart did not have a formal meeting earlier this month at the annual Shangri-La Dialogue gathering in Singapore. Furthermore, international travel restrictions during the Covid-19 outbreak hampered communication between the US and Chinese governments.
Nancy Pelosi's controversial journey to Taiwan in August, when she was the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, fuelled Beijing's rage. Beijing considers Taiwan to be part of its territory, with no right to conduct its own diplomatic affairs.
The United States recognizes Beijing as China's sole legal authority while maintaining unofficial connections with the island, which is a democratically self-governed province.
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Biden's travel to Beijing might potentially pave the way for a November meeting between Biden and his Chinese colleague Xi, their first since a day before the G-20 conference in Bali in November.
The US Commerce Secretary and her Chinese counterpart met in Washington, D.C. in late May. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen of the United States is also set to visit China at an undisclosed date.
Xie Feng, China's new ambassador to the United States, arrived in late May, filling a vacancy that had existed for almost six months. Around the same time, Biden predicted that US-China tensions will "begin to thaw very shortly."
A probable meeting between Biden and Xi might take place in November, during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders' Summit in San Francisco.