Difficult beginnings for US-China diplomacy during the Biden presidency


The first high-level meeting between the US and China under President Joe Biden began with a verbal fight at the press conference before the official meeting on March 18.

US and Chinese officials at the first high-level meeting took place at the Captain Cook Hotel, Anchorage City, Alaska on March 18. Photo: AFP

According to NBC News, the photo session scheduled to take 4 minutes for the officials of both sides to speak before the press ended with 1 hour and 15 minutes due to the lack of goodwill from both sides. Both the Chinese and the US sides repeatedly invite reporters back to the conference room for them to add their views.

There is little expectation for a high-level meeting in Anchorage City, Alaska between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Mr. Duong Khiet Tri, Minister of the Ministry. Politician, Head of the Office of the Chinese Communist Party Central Committee on Foreign Affairs.

In his opening remarks, Secretary of State Blinken said the US would discuss its deep concern with China’s actions, including actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and cyberattacks on America, economic coercion on its allies.

“Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order to maintain global stability. That is why they are not just internal matters and why we see an obligation to address these issues. This issue is here today, “Foreign Minister Blinken said.

“I think the relationship between the US and China will be competitive in areas that need cooperation, maybe confrontation in such places,” said Mr. Blinken.

Meanwhile, Beijing viewed the issues in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as part of its internal affairs, and Chinese officials once again asserted at the meeting that China firmly opposed. for outside interference.

NBC News reported that Mr. Duong Khiet Tri, member of the Politburo, Chairman of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Central Communist Party of China, said that the US side had “carefully arranged” this meeting.

“I think we think too well of the US, we think that the US side will adhere to the necessary diplomatic etiquette,” said Duong Khiet Tri, also saying: “The US is not qualified to say they want to talk to China in a position of power.

The head of the Office of the Central Committee of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China also said that the US must coordinate with the Chinese side in “the right way” and reiterated Beijing’s call for cooperation.

Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has been consolidating power at home and abroad. In 2020, Beijing pushed for major trade deals with its Asia-Pacific neighbors and the European Union.

Chinese officials also highlight their success in quickly controlling the Covid-19 pandemic in the country and claim to lift all 1.4 billion people out of poverty – both of which is possible. Mr. Duong Khiet Tri raised at a meeting with US officials.

“We believe it is important that the US change its image and stop promoting its democracy for the rest of the world,” said Duong Khiet Tri.

Before a high-level meeting with the Chinese side in Alaska, US Secretary of State Blinken visited Japan and Korea. Mr. Blinken told his Chinese counterparts that what he heard from other countries was far from what Wang Yi said was the hope of showing goodwill and sincerity between the US and China.

“I have felt deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we are reconnecting with our allies and partners,” the US Secretary of State emphasized.

Mr Blinken told Chinese officials: “I also get deeply concerned about some of the actions your government is taking. And we will have a chance to discuss those when. we start to work “.

The first round of discussion between the two sides after the press conference ended after more than three working hours, while the two-day discussion between the two sides will end on March 19 (US time).

Tensions between the US and China have escalated in the past few years under former President Donald Trump as the “boss” of the White House at that time has launched a series of tariffs and sanctions aimed at addressing persistent disagreements between the two sides, with Washington accusing Beijing of lack of measures to protect intellectual property rights of American businesses and forcing technology transfer, and conducting unfair commercial business practices.

The US-China conflict was initially focused on trade, but then spread to other areas, from technology, finance, to the origins of Covid-19.

As soon as President Biden took office, Beijing announced sanctions on 28 people, including some members of the Trump administration. A few days before the first high-level meeting between the two countries, the Biden administration announced sanctions on 24 Chinese officials.

Analysts say President Biden will take a more predictable approach and work more closely with US allies in putting pressure on China.