The Secretary of State of the United States will hold a meeting with the representative of the Xi Jinping regime amid the tensions generated by the siege of Taiwan
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Rome on Sunday, the State Department announced in its second face-to-face session amid tensions between the two powers.
The meeting in Rome, where both diplomats are attending the G20 summit , is on Blinken’s public agenda for Sunday.
It will be the first meeting between Blinken and Wang since the stormy meeting in Alaska in March, where the Chinese delegation rebuked the American in front of television cameras.
Tensions are high between the world’s two largest economies on many fronts, including trade, human rights, Taiwan, and the covid-19 pandemic.
Earlier this week,
Washington ordered China Telecom Americas to discontinue its services within 60 days
Ending nearly two decades of operations in the country and increasing tension in relations between the two countries.
US President Joe Biden has pursued a hard-line trade policy against Beijing, in line with that of his predecessor Donald Trump, whose bombastic approach led to increased tensions.
Tensions have also soared over Taiwan in recent months . China claims that the autonomous island, an ally of the United States, is its own and promises that it will take it back one day, by force if necessary.
Earlier this month, Washington confirmed that a small number of US troops are on the island to help with training.
On Tuesday, Blinken called for Taiwan to be allowed greater involvement in UN agencies , although Beijing insisted it has no place on the world diplomatic stage. Biden has also rebuked the Xi Jinping regime for its threats on Taiwan.
This month he said the United States was ready to defend the island from a Chinese invasion, although the White House was quick to dismiss those comments amid warnings from Beijing, continuing a strategy of ambiguity about whether it would intervene militarily if China attacked.
The American president made a similar promise in August during an interview with ABC , insisting that the United States will always defend its key allies, including Taiwan , despite Afghanistan’s withdrawal from the Taliban.
Biden said the United States made a “sacred commitment” to defend NATO allies in Canada and Europe and it is “the same with Japan, same with South Korea, same with Taiwan.”
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