US officials stated that the Biden administration is more firm and decisive in its stance on China, and emphasized that the US values China’s actions rather than its words.
Reuters reported that US Secretary of State Blincoln and National Security Adviser Sullivan will travel to Anchorage, Alaska on March 18 to meet with Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, and Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. This is the first face-to-face contact between senior Chinese and American officials since Biden took office.
A senior White House official said at a briefing on Tuesday: “We believe that our position has become firmer and firmer.” He said that the US will address a series of issues of concern to the US government on Thursday, including human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. And Beijing’s ongoing malicious network activities are spread out one by one.
He said: “We will show that the United States is highly concerned about China’s treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang, democrats in Hong Kong, economic coercion of US allies and partners, and hostile behavior in Taiwan.”
Another U.S. official pointed out that Beijing had “behaved less than ideal” in fulfilling its promises. Although China has repeatedly stated that it hopes to improve relations between the two countries, the U.S. government will still focus on its actions.
Nevertheless, the official said that China will be a “strong opponent” of the United States, and he expressed the hope that the two sides can have a pleasant exchange and frank exchange of views during the meeting on Thursday.
U.S. officials do not expect any concrete results from the hours of talks, and no joint statement is expected.