While both sides have expressed their readiness for dialogue, they have shown little inclination to budge on their strong stances on issues ranging from trade to Taiwan.
United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinkenmet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday after concluding a high-risk two-day visit to Beijing with the aim of alleviate the growing tensions between countries.
The United States and China thus pledged to stabilize their badly damaged ties. It remains to be seen whether the two countries can resolve their most important disagreements, many of which have international financial, security and stability implications.
Although both parties have expressed their willingness to dialogue, have shown little inclination to give in in their firm stances on issues ranging from trade to taiwan, human rights conditions in China and Hong Kong, Chinese military assertiveness in South China. Sea and the Russian war in Ukraine.
In the meeting with Blinken, Xi was pleased with the outcome of Blinken’s previous meetings with two top Chinese diplomats, noting that the two countries agreed to resume a program of understanding that he and President Joe Biden agreed to at a meeting in Bali last year.
“The Chinese side has made our position clear, and the two sides have agreed to follow the common understandings that President Biden and I reached in Bali,” Xi said.
Blinken is the American official highest level to visit China since President Joe Biden took office and the first Secretary of State to make the trip in five years.
Xi told Blinken that interactions between states “should always be based on in mutual respect and sincerity“.
At the beginning of the meeting and before the media, Xi stressed that he “hopes” that Blinken’s visit can “make positive contributions to stabilize relations between China and the United States.
At the end of the meeting, Blinken explained: “In each meeting, I stressed that direct engagement and sustained communication at higher levels is the best way to responsibly manage differences and ensure that competition does not escalate into conflict.”
He added: “I’ve heard the same thing from my Chinese counterparts. We agree on the need to stabilize our relations“.
The meeting between Xi and Blinken, which was not part of the official agenda of the trip of the head of US diplomacy and was confirmed by both parties in the last moment, It started at 4:30 p.m. local time, according to Chinese state media including CCTV and Xinhua.
The meeting raises the tone of a visit that seeks restore damaged diplomatic ties between the superpowers after years of commercial, territorial and political conflicts.
This meeting took place after the meeting on Monday morning between Blinken and the head of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Yi, where issues of great importance were discussed, such as the Taiwan question.
Wang emphasized the China’s unwavering position on the Taiwan issuehighlighting the importance of safeguarding the national unity and territorial sovereignty of the Asian nation, fundamental elements for the country.
The Chinese diplomat stressed that the preservation of national unity is part of the essential interests of his country and the historical mission of the CCP.
The high representative of Chinese diplomacy stressed the prevailing need to implement the consensus reached between the leaders of China and the United States to avoid a continuous erosion of bilateral relations.
Referring to the meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Indonesia last year, Wang expressed the importance of taking responsibility towards the people, history and the world, with the aim of fostering a return to a healthy path. and stable in China-US relations.
EFE AND AP