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High-level China and the U.S. express their differences frankly, and the talks ended without reaching any consensus

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s previously expected, no major statement was made after the China-US talks in Anchorage, Alaska. (AFP)

s previously expected, no major statement was made after the China-US talks in Anchorage, Alaska.

As previously expected, no major statement was made after the China-US talks in Anchorage, Alaska. Regarding the development of relations between the two countries, neither party has indicated what they will do next.

Senior Chinese and American officials concluded their first face-to-face meeting since President Biden took office. The two sides stated that they frankly expressed different opinions, but they also conveyed the message that the two sides could not reach any agreement on the road ahead.

As previously expected, no major statement was made after the China-US talks in Anchorage, Alaska. Regarding the development of relations between the two countries, neither party has indicated what they will do next.

After the dialogue, Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, described to the Chinese media that the talks were “frank, constructive, and useful”, but there were still some important differences between the two sides. Yang Jiechi emphasized: “China will firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security and development interests. China’s development and growth is unstoppable. This communication between the two parties is to implement the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Biden. Strengthen communication, exchange and dialogue in the field.”

China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi said that China came to dialogue with sincerity, “because the dialogue is better than confrontation, but dialogue must be conducted in a spirit of mutual respect and seeking common ground while reserving differences.” He said that China is clear about the development of bilateral relations. Consistent attitude. “I hope the U.S. can meet each other halfway, especially to respect and accommodate each other’s core interests and major concerns. On this basis, China has always opened the door for continued China-U.S. dialogue.”

Brinken: North Korea, climate and other issues, Sino-US interests are connected

U.S. Secretary of State Blincoln told reporters after the meeting on Friday (March 19) that the United States has expressed its deep concern to China on issues such as Xinjiang, Taiwan, and Hong Kong through this meeting. Brinken said he was not surprised by China’s “defensive response.”

He pointed out that the two sides also discussed issues of common concern, including North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and climate change. He said that on these issues, “the interests of the two countries are connected.”

Brinken also said: “For the economy, trade, and technology, we tell China that we are reviewing these issues and consulting closely with Congress, allies, and partner countries.”

U.S. National Security Adviser Sullivan said: “We were going to have tough and direct talks on a series of issues, and the meeting is indeed like this… We come with a clear mind and leave with a clear mind. We will return to Washington to take stock of our current situation. .”

US State Department spokesman Porter said on Friday that US diplomats had “serious discussions” with Chinese diplomats in Alaska, and the United States will not allow the other side’s “performance” to distract the United States from expressing principles and having difficult dialogues with China.

Throughout this meeting, it has been shown that neither China nor the United States believes that there is an urgent need to cooperate with each other. On the US side, congressmen from both parties have put pressure on President Biden to follow and maintain Trump’s tough policy on China. Through this meeting, the Biden team has expressed a tough stand.

However, some current and former State Department diplomats said they were shocked that Blincoln and Sullivan were unable to dominate the meeting process from the beginning, allowing Chinese officials to easily seize the opportunity to fire on the United States.

The current China policy of the Biden administration has not yet taken shape, including how to deal with the tariffs imposed on Chinese goods during the Trump era. It can be seen so far that on the issue of China, the Biden administration emphasizes democratic values ​​and criticizes China. Violation of human rights.

When Biden answered reporters’ views on Thursday’s China-US talks at the White House on Friday morning, he only said: “I am proud of the performance of the Secretary of State (Blincoln).”

Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping held their first conference call last month, and the two seemed to disagree on many topics. After the meeting, Biden even said that in the face of China’s challenges, the United States must work harder, or China will “eat our lunch.” In the past few weeks, the two parties have agreed that the United States should repair allies to jointly fight China, reversing the “America First” strategy of the Trump era.

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