The actions of the Chinese regime “threaten the rules-based order that guarantees global stability”The US Secretary of State warned this Thursday, Anthony Blink, At the opening of a two-day meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska.
“We will discuss our deep concerns about China’s actions in Xinjiang,” he said Washington accuses Beijing of committing “genocide” against the Uyghur MuslimsHe added to the diplomatic official of the Chinese Communist Party: “From Hong Kong and Taiwan, cyberattacks against the United States and economic coercion against our allies.” Yang JiechiAnd the Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi.
Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order that ensures global stability. That is why it is not just about internal affairs, and we feel an obligation to talk about it here today. “
Likewise, Jake SullivanPresident Joe Biden, national security advisor, argued that the United States did not want a conflict with China but was promoting “intense competition” with its strategic rival.
We do not seek conflict, but we welcome intense competition. At Anchorage, Sullivan warned, “We will always uphold our principles to our people and our friends.”
System Xi Jinping, for his part, He urged the United States to “abandon the Cold War mentality.” Also threatened Firm action “against” the intervention of the United States. “We have expressed our strong opposition to such an intervention, and we will take firm measures in response to it.”
US and Chinese diplomats have met in Alaska for the first face-to-face talks since President Joe Biden took office, and are ready to discuss a long list of widely diverging issues.
Relations between Washington and Beijing remain controversial, having soured under Donald Trump’s presidency. Conflict has reached all levels, from commercial to defense, through technology and the situation in Hong Kong.
Blinken and Sullivan are scheduled to speak with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday afternoon.
Anchorage was considered a more neutral meeting place than Washington or Beijing at the three-session summit, which ends on Friday. Despite the efforts, the parties’ expectations are limited.
An American spokeswoman said, “We came to these discussions knowing China’s disturbing record of not fulfilling its promises,” and promised to condemn the actions of the Asian giant that “challenge the security, prosperity and values of the United States.” “
A representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a warning to Washington in Alaska: Beijing has room for compromise on issues related to its sovereignty, security and core interests, “the spokesman said. Zhao Legian.
Zhao urged the United States not to engage in “loudspeaker diplomacy” with China, after Washington claimed that it intended to demonstrate its resilience toward Beijing after a round of rebuilding alliances in Asia.
“The United States should meet with China halfway and conduct the dialogue in a sincere and constructive manner,” he added.Zhao stated.
Bonnie Glaser, energy project director at the China Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the talks would have a limited impact: “They will analyze whether there are common points in some of the issues and whether there are ways to manage and even reduce their differences.”
“Expectations will remain low,” he added, “restoring relations is not on the horizon.”
The last meeting between the two powers, in June, did nothing to de-ice the cold relationship that appeared to represent a new Cold War near the end of Trump’s term.
Biden maintained a hard-line stance toward China Blinken said it represented America’s “greatest geopolitical test of the 21st century”.
Nevertheless, the team of the new US president said it wanted to engage diplomatically on the world stage, in a shift from Trump’s isolationist stance. Especially on issues like climate change, pandemic and non-proliferation, in which Washington has distanced itself from its allies.
Thursday’s meeting comes after Blinkin’s visit to Japan and South Korea, two major allies in the Asia-Pacific region. In Tokyo, the US Secretary of State warned China against the use of “coercion and destabilizing behavior.”
Head of Diplomacy and Minister of Defense, Lloyd AustinAnd he also attended an important summit between the leaders of the so-called quartet alliance, which brings together the United States, Australia, Japan and India, to rein in China’s ambitions.
Blinken and his peers criticized the Xi Jinping regime on various issues, including the erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy, tensions with Taiwan and Tibet, the treatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, and Beijing’s claims over the China Sea. South, theft of intellectual property and the supposed mystery about the origins of the epidemic.
“It is a long series of disputes between us and the People’s Republic of China.”A foreign ministry spokesman said last week. “It’s not just our Sultana.”
Elizabeth Economics, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, has assessed that while the Biden administration has moved away from Trump’s fiery rhetoric, bilateral relations remain strained.
Beijing will not retreat from Xinjiang or Hong Kong. These are the issues of sovereignty. “ He told AFP.
It is difficult to see China change course on any issue of importance to the United States. We are in a situation where our core values and our vision of the future world are fundamentally inconsistent. “
With information from Agence France-Presse