US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Arrives in China Amid Tensions US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has arrived in China to meet with senior representatives of the People's Republic. The relationship between the two countries is currently very tense. Blinken's trip marks the first visit by a US Secretary of State to China in five years and represents an initial attempt at reconciliation between the two countries.
No Major Agreements Expected from Blinken's Visit to China According to the US State Department, no major agreements are expected to arise from Blinken's visit. He has, however, stressed the importance of communication channels between the US and China. Blinken also emphasised that the intense competition between China and the US should not lead to confrontation or conflict.
Biden Indicates Willingness to Meet with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping Ahead of Blinken's visit, US President Joe Biden has expressed his willingness to meet once again with Xi Jinping. Biden hopes to discuss "legitimate differences" and also areas of potential agreement.
Dialogue with Conditions Blinken is scheduled to meet with his Chinese counterpart Qin Gang as well as State and Party leader Xi Jinping. China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin has stated that China is always open to dialogue, but with conditions. He stressed that the US should not imagine that it can negotiate with China from a position of power. Instead, Wang called for the two countries to develop their relationship based on mutual respect, equality, and respect for each other's historical, cultural, and social development paths.
Numerous Dispute Areas The relationship between the two largest economies in the world is currently highly strained, with numerous areas of dispute. These include human rights issues, China's threats against the democratically governed island of Taiwan, mutual accusations of espionage, and access to future technology.
Mutual Accusations of Espionage According to Chinese think tank Center for China and Globalisation CCG founder and chairman Wang Huiyao, China sees the US having too many high-level visits to Taiwan. Even Pelosi visited Taiwan last year while still serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives which put the status quo in jeopardy. There is so much foreign influence on the issue that it is really a danger that draws much attention to the Taiwan Straits, the sea passage between China and the island of Taiwan. China must respond to that, and then there are military exercises.
Blinken's Visit Comes Amid Recent Accusations of Espionage Recent accusations of mutual espionage have added to tensions between the US and China. Blinken initially planned to visit China in February, but the visit was cancelled amid a dispute over a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over the US.