US, China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden

US, China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden

Officials from the US and China begin their first meeting since US President Joe Biden became president.

In a meeting where both nations delivered sharp rebukes of each others' policies, the U.S. went on to accuse China of "grandstanding" and violating the meeting's protocols with what it believed were unacceptably long opening remarks from China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and State Councillor Wang Yi.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan are set for talks with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi later Thursday.

The BBC's Barbara Plett Usher says the talks are the first chance for the Biden administration to show how it intends to deal with what Mr Blinken has called "the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st Century". Yang then unloaded a list of Chinese complaints about the USA and accused Washington of hypocrisy for criticising Beijing on human rights and other issues.

The US side will "discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including Xinjiang", where Washington has accused Beijing of "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims, Blinken said.

"That's why they're not merely internal matters, and why we feel an obligation to raise these issues here today".

Throughout Yang's monologue, US National Security Adviser Sullivan and other officials in the delegation passed notes to each other.

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. -Chinese conflict over the ruling Communist Party's industrial plans, access to American technology and accusations of computer attacks and theft of business secrets.

Washington has said it is willing to work with China when it is in the interests of the United States and has cited climate change policy and the coronavirus pandemic as examples.

"Many people within the United States actually have little confidence in the democracy of the United States".

The Chinese side, in response to the US' invitation, traveled to Anchorage in sincerity to have a strategic dialogue with the United States side, and China finished preparations for the dialogue in accordance with the procedures and arrangements that were agreed to by the two sides in advance, the unnamed official said.

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"History will prove that it is oneself who suffers in the end if a hard-headed strategy is used with China", Mr Yang said, according to CCTV.

Blinken told Yang that after his trip to Japan and South Korea this week and dozens of phone conversations with foreign counterparts, "I have to tell you, what I'm hearing is very different from what you described".

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"I'm hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we're reengaged", Mr Blinken retorted.

"The Chinese delegation. seems to have arrived intent on grandstanding, focused on public theatrics and dramatics over substance", a senior administration official said.

"America's approach will be undergirded by confidence in our dealing with Beijing - which we are doing from a position of strength - even as we have the humility to know that we are a country eternally striving to become a more ideal union", it said.

The Biden administration has made clear that it is looking for a change in behavior from China, which has expressed hope to reset relations that had worsened drastically under former U.S. president Donald Trump.

The U.S. mainland is more than 8,300 miles away from the South China Sea, yet the U.S. dispatches advanced warships, fighter jets, and reconnaissance aircraft in the South China Sea frequently to project power and engage in military provocations, Zhao said.

But China calls on the U.S. to stop interfering in what Beijing considers its internal affairs and accuses the U.S. of "smearing" the ruling Communist Party.

China wants a reset in relations, which were pitched into turmoil by Donald Trump's presidency, which brought a damaging trade war and spats over everything from defence to tech and rights in Hong Kong. But the relationship disintegrated after the coronavirus pandemic spread from the Wuhan province across the globe and unleashed a public health and economic disaster.

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