US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman is in China’s Tianjin to debate the fraught ties between the 2 superpowers.
China has blamed the US for what it known as a “stalemate” in bilateral relations as high-level face-to-face talks started within the Chinese language metropolis of Tianjin.
In a gathering with US’s No 2 diplomat on Monday, China’s Vice International Minister Xie Feng urged Washington “to alter its extremely misguided mindset and harmful coverage,” in line with the official Xinhua Information Company.
“US-China relations are in a standstill and face severe difficulties,” Xinhua quoted Xie as telling US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
“The USA desires to reignite the sense of nationwide objective by establishing China as an ‘imaginary enemy’.”
Sherman, whose China go to was added late to an Asian itinerary that included stops in Japan, South Korea and Mongolia amid wrangling over protocol between Beijing and Washington, was as a result of meet in a while Monday with International Minister Wang Yi, a member of the state council, or China’s cupboard
She is the highest-ranking US official to go to China since President Joe Biden took workplace six months in the past.
Relations between the international locations deteriorated sharply below his predecessor, former President Donald Trump and the 2 sides stay at odds over a bunch of points together with human rights, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, expertise and a variety of different points.
“The excellent news is the 2 sides are sitting down to speak. However the fractious relationship can’t be denied. Ties are fraught, they’re in a free fall,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Adrian Brown, reporting from Hong Kong.
“What Wendy Sherman has to do is to try to see if there’s a means that the connection might be managed higher. Additionally, just a few months from now, The G20 summit will likely be held in Rome and it’s not possible to think about that President Joe Biden and President Xi Jinping wouldn’t sit down in such a setting and discuss. So these present talks are in a means aimed toward paving the best way for that assembly.”
Senior US officers have mentioned the purpose of the talks is to not negotiate particular points however to maintain high-level communications channels open. The US desires to make sure that guardrails are in place to stop competitors between the international locations from turning into battle, they mentioned.
A day earlier than Sherman’s arrival, Wang had mentioned China wouldn’t settle for the US taking a “superior” place within the relationship.
“China would by no means settle for any nation that claims to be superior to others,” he advised China’s Phoenix Tv. “If the US has not realized to deal with different international locations equally, China and the worldwide group have the duty to assist the US learn to do that.”
Sherman, who arrived Sunday night from Mongolia, tweeted “heartfelt condolences (from the US) to those that have misplaced family members” in extreme storms and flooding final week that killed at the very least 63 individuals in Henan province.
Her conferences comply with an preliminary and extremely contentious assembly in March in Anchorage, Alaska, the place Wang and veteran Chinese language diplomat Yang Jiechi flew to fulfill US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan.
At that assembly, Chinese language officers, together with Wang, railed in opposition to the state of US democracy, whereas US officers accused the Chinese language aspect of grandstanding.
Monday’s talks had been held amid stringent Chinese language COVID-19 measures, which have meant that visiting international officers have met Chinese language counterparts exterior Beijing, the capital.
International media had been saved at a distance from the resort the place the talks befell, however Chinese language media had been permitted on the premises.