US top diplomat Blinken visits China for tough talks

Blinken is on a mission to stabilize US-China relationsImage: Mark Schiefelbein/AP//Pool AP/dpa/picture alliance
Published April 24, 2024

Antony Blinken arrived in China for his second visit in a year to discuss a range of issues amid rising tensions between the two countries.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Shanghai on Wednesday to tackle an array of unresolved issues that threaten the stability of US-China relations.

Blinken met with business leaders before traveling to Beijing on Friday for talks with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and a possible meeting with President Xi Jinping.

Tensions between the world’s two largest economies have eased noticeably since his last visit in June. At the time, Blinken was the highest-ranking US official to visit China in five years.

The trip was followed by a meeting between the two countries’ presidents in November.

Blinken meets with Shanghai business leaders

Blinken emphasized the importance of being in Shanghai, calling it “a real hub of connection between the United States and China when it comes to business.”

The US diplomat highlighted one of the agreements between US President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping during his November visit to San Francisco.

“We need to find ways to put as much stability as possible into the relationships to make sure we’re managing the relationship responsibly,” Blinken said adding that “a big part of that is making sure the economic relationship is working in the ways it should work to mutual benefit.”



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FILE – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China on June 19, 2023. Blinken is starting three days of talks with senior Chinese officials in Shanghai and Beijing this week. It comes as U.S.-China ties are at a critical point over numerous global disputes. (Leah Millis/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Published April 24, 2024

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken is starting three days of talks with senior Chinese officials in Shanghai and Beijing this week with U.S.-China ties at a critical point over numerous global disputes.

The mere fact that Blinken is making the trip — shortly after a conversation between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a similar visit to China by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and a call between the U.S. and Chinese defense chiefs — might be seen by some as encouraging, but ties between Washington and Beijing are tense and the rifts are growing wider.

From Russia and Ukraine to Israel, Iran and the broader Middle East as well as Indo-Pacific and trade issues, the U.S. and China are on a series of collision courses that have sparked fears about military and strategic security as well as international economic stability.





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