Dialogue, win-win are right choices for China-US relations

Grant Boone
March 22, 2021

The report followed the first face-to-face diplomatic meetings between officials from the USA and China since the start of Joe Biden's presidency.

They will talk again later Friday for the final meeting in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Chinese delegation led by Yang Jiechi (centre) and Wang Yi (second left) at the opening session of US-China talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska March 18, 2021.

Blinken said the USA would bring up its "deep concerns" about issues related to the government's repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, as well as anti-democracy efforts in "Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States [and] economic coercion of our allies" during the first official talks of the Biden administration. After the meeting in Alaska, Mr Blinken said that "on Iran, on North Korea, on Afghanistan, on climate, our interests intersect".

" And it's no surprise that when we raised those issues clearly and directly, we got a defensive response", Mr Blinken said. According to the reports based on video fragments of the meeting, the United States opening speech lasted five minutes instead of agreed four, China's - 23 minutes.

The United States accused China of "grandstanding" for its domestic audience, and both sides suggested the other had broken diplomatic protocol. Before sitting down, the two sides illustrated the poor health of their relationship by trading barbs in front of journalists.

Biden administration officials have also expressed openness to relax some visa restrictions on Chinese nationals put in place under Trump, but not his tariffs and sanctions as demanded by China.

"Just as the Chinese delegation refused to comply with the agreed-upon rules of the meeting, Beijing refuses to comply with the rules-based global order", Blackburn told The Epoch Times in an email.

Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first phone call as leaders last month and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi said that confrontation would be a "disaster" for both nations.

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"What that means is that the United States remains the strongest power economically, technologically, militarily, diplomatically in every way, and then when we have these global conversations, it's the United States setting the stage, not China", said McFarland.

In recent weeks, top Republicans have given a nod to efforts by Biden, a Democrat, to revitalize relations with U.S. allies in order to confront China, a shift from Trump's go-it-alone "America First" strategy.

Mr Sullivan hit back, saying Washington did not seek a conflict with China, but added: "We will always stand up for our principles for our people, and for our friends".

The new Biden administration has promised to elevate climate issues.

The confrontational approach taken by the United States did not go over well with the Chinese. Sometimes they'll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. He also accused Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, and other US officials of being condescending.

Afterwards, the U.S. delegation accused China of violating the agreed protocol of two minutes of opening remarks by each side.

China on Friday put a Canadian citizen on trial on spying charges and is set for another Canadian's trial on Monday, cases embroiled in a wider diplomatic spat between Washington and Beijing. Meanwhile, Beijing is intent on signaling that it is not intimidated by the United States or swayed by American claims to global leadership.

"Of course, Japan's alliance with the United States is the cornerstone of the country's diplomacy and security ... their cooperation should also be maintained for peace and stability in the region", the source said.

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