Senior US delegation to visit China in coming days.
The US State Department announced Saturday that a high-ranking delegation from the United States will travel to China next Wednesday to follow up on President Joe Biden’s recent talks with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, and to prepare for Secretary Antony Blinken’s visit there early next year.
A senior White House official stated that China wanted to stabilize relations with the United States as it faces economic challenges in its country and is being challenged in Asia by assertive diplomacy.
The State Department announced that Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian Affairs and Pacific Affairs, and Laura Rosenberger, National Security Council Senior Director China and Taiwan, will be traveling to China, South Korea, and Japan between December 11-14.
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On the sidelines to the G20 summit in Indonesia, in mid-November the US President Joe Biden met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and had blunt discussions about Taiwan and North Korea. The meeting was intended to prevent strained US-China ties escalating into a new Cold War.
In an era of simmering disagreements on issues such as human rights, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic questions, the leaders promised to have more frequent communications.
According to the State Department, the delegation will continue responsible management of the competition between the two countries and explore possible areas for cooperation. It will also prepare the groundwork for Blinken’s visit.
China’s COVID-19 protocol was a source of frustration that culminated in widespread protests last month. This is the largest demonstration of discontent since Xi took power in 2012. These rules contributed to a slower economy.
Kurt Campbell, White House Indo-Pacific coordinator, stated that these issues and perceptions of China’s antagonization of many of its neighbors meant that China was interested in more predictable ties in the “short-term.”
Campbell spoke at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, two days after the United States announced plans for a greater rotational military presence to Australia’s key regional ally. This was in response to shared concerns about China.