In the wake of the U.S. delegation’s key visit to Beijing, the United States and China have agreed to repair their severely deteriorating relations.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese President Xi Jinping met on Monday.
Xi declared himself pleased with the advancements achieved during the negotiations in Beijing.
But according to Blinken, China refused to restore military-to-military interactions, which was a top goal for the United States.
It remains to be seen if the two nations can come to an agreement on their most significant differences, many of which have repercussions for global financial security and stability.
The two sides agreed to continue talking, but it was unclear whether either was willing to budge from their positions on matters like trade, Taiwan, the state of human rights in China and Hong Kong, Chinese military assertiveness in the South China Sea, or Russia’s conflict in Ukraine.
Later, Blinken said that the U.S. had set modest goals for the trip and had succeeded in achieving them.
Blinken continued, mentioning how he had brought up the subject of military-to-military contacts “repeatedly.” We need to have these types of conversations, he declared, “absolutely.” “We’re going to keep working on this,” the person said.
According to the U.S., China has rejected or ignored more than a dozen requests from the Department of Defense for high-level talks since 2021.
A transcript of the meeting with Blinken shows that Xi expressed satisfaction with the results of Blinken’s earlier discussions with two senior Chinese diplomats and stated that the two nations had decided to resume a program of understandings that they had agreed to at a meeting with President Joe Biden in Bali last year.
“The Chinese side has made our position clear, and the two sides have agreed to follow through on the common understandings President Biden and I reached in Bali,” Xi added.
The United States shot down a Chinese surveillance balloon over its airspace in February, and there has been an increase in military action in the Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea in recent months, jeopardizing that goal.
Disputes including human rights, commerce, and opiate manufacturing are only a few of the many issues.
But Xi asserted that things may have improved. According to a translation of the statements issued by the State Department, Xi remarked, without going into further detail, “The two sides have also made progress and reached agreement on some specific issues.”
This is excellent. “I’m hoping this trip will allow you, Mr. Secretary, to contribute more favorably to maintaining the stability of China-US relations,” Xi further said.