US-China diplomacy talks off to contentious start: report

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The first high-level diplomacy talks between the Biden administration and Chinese government kicked off with an abrasive exchange, as the world powers seek to ease tense relations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tallied off Washington’s problems with China during the start of Thursday’s talks, reportedly citing cyberattacks, the Chinese crackdown in Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan.

Bejing’s actions “threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” Blinken said, according to the Journal.

Yang Jiechi, a member of the Communist Party’s ruling body, reportedly fired back at the US, saying it has a problem with racism and should not impose its ideals on the rest of the world.

The US’s top diplomat reportedly conceded that the country “is not perfect,” but added the US deals with its problems in the open.

As reporters started to leave the Anchorage summit, Yang called for them to wait while he waved his finger and protested the remarks, which he called condescending, the Journal reported.

The two-day meeting was billed by Washington as a chance to find middle ground after relations during the Trump administration sunk to a their lowest point in decades.

Blinken traveled to Japan and South Korea this week along with defense officials to bring attention to the strength of the US’s Asian alliances in response to North Korea’s nuclear agenda and China’s“ coercion and aggression” in the region, the newspaper said.

“A big part of the strategy is approaching our relationship with China from a place of
strength,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington on Thursday, according to the report.


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