"Translator Should Get A Raise": US After Chinese Envoy's Speech

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the Chinese officials plan to urge their USA counterparts to drop the sanctions and restrictions that the Trump administration imposed on Chinese entities, such as Huawei Technologies Co., and individuals.

Both sides accused the other of violating diplomatic protocol, with a United States official saying the two had initially agreed two minutes of opening statements by each of the principals.

Yang, China's top foreign policy official, said the US should focus on its own issues instead of using its military and economic might to suppress other countries.

Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office for China addresses the US delegation at the opening session of US-China talks.

"We believe that it is important for the United States to change its own image and to stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world", he said.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting with Chinese officials.

China is also pushing back against what it sees as United States naval encroachment in the South China Sea, which Beijing considers Chinese territory.

The summit follows a protracted deterioration in relations between Beijing and Washington under former US President Donald Trump, including the imposition of trade sanctions, mutual visa restrictions and technology bans.

The Biden administration official accused the Chinese delegation of arriving intent on grandstanding and focusing on public theatrics and theatrics over substance.

"As we work to strengthen diplomatic and economic relations in the region, China abuses its economic power through coercive trade policies that aim to force vulnerable countries to alter their trade relationships with the US".

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Topics of discussion during the meeting in Anchorage are also expected to include North Korea's denuclearization, with the United States expecting China, which has been Pyongyang's primary diplomatic backer, to play a key role in the issue.

The Biden administration has said that dealing with China will be "the biggest geopolitical test" of this century, singling out the Asian giant as having the power to pose serious challenges to the open worldwide system the United States is defending.

China's official media organs initially sounded a positive note when the Anchorage meetings were announced, with an editorial in China Daily calling it a "welcome development, reviving hopes that the two countries will be able to demonstrate the wisdom and resolve to navigate ties away from conflict and confrontation".

He added that there would be dialogue on "Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies".

The Global Times, a Chinese government-affiliated media organisation, quoted a Chinese diplomat who said that what the American side did during the meeting was "neither hospitable nor good diplomatic etiquette".

The US has pledged to raise contentious issues such as Beijing's treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

The United States said in January that China had committed "genocide" in Xinjiang.

The largest group representing exiled Uighurs wrote to Mr Blinken urging him to demand that Beijing close its internment camps in the Xinjiang region, where United Nations experts say more than one million members of the ethnic group and other Muslim minorities have been held.

"We have expressed our staunch opposition to such interference, and we will take firm actions in response".

Bonnie Glaser, an Asia expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the tough statements from both sides in the run-up to the meeting had created a potential risk that it would devolve into an exchange of accusations and demands.

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