Anthony Blinken spoke with the Chinese Foreign Minister to demand a halt to pressure on Taiwan and transparency to investigate the origin of COVID-19

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken (EFE/Shawn Thew)

Chief of American Diplomacy, Anthony BlinkOn Friday, China called for more transparency on the origin of COVID-19 and less pressure on Taiwan, in an extraordinary call with a senior Chinese official.

Blinken, who called his Chinese counterpart from the G7 summit in England Yang Jiechi, “He stressed the importance of cooperation and transparency regarding the origin of the virus“Including allowing experts from the World Health Organization to return to China, according to a statement from the US State Department.

President of the United States, Joe BidenAt the end of May, US intelligence demanded – torn between the thesis of an animal origin for the virus and that of a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city of Wuhan – that “redouble your effortsTo explain the origin of COVID-19, and submit a report within 90 days.

As Anthony Blinken asked of Beijing “End the pressure campaign on Taiwan” So what “peacefully resolvedIsland issues.

Joe Biden asked the CIA at the end of May
Joe Biden asked US intelligence at the end of May to “redouble its efforts” to explain the origin of COVID-19, and report back within 90 days (Leon Neal/Paul via Reuters)

Mention “WorryFrom the United States byGenocide and ongoing crimes against humanityAccording to the US government, against the Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. He also referred to “the deterioration of democratic norms in Hong Kong.”.

This is the first exchange between the officials since their very tense meeting in March in Anchorage, Alaska, as the two rival superpowers showed their differences to the world’s cameras, giving the impression of an insurmountable gap.

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According to US and Chinese reports, the tone was once again confrontational.

Asked the US Secretary of State again”immediate release“Victims of Western Citizens”Arbitrary arrests” In China.

The officials also discussed issues with which their countries share common interests, according to Washington, such as North Korea and “the need for the United States and the People’s Republic of China to work together to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula,” as well as issues. Related to Iran, Burma and the climate crisis.

(With information from AFP)

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