US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Monday with China’s vp, the newest top-level dialogue in days between the rival powers.
The State Department stated on its public schedule that Blinken will meet Vice President Han Zheng in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.
The talks come because the United States watches with rising intrigue at personnel adjustments in Beijing. Qin Gang, handpicked by President Xi Jinping as international minister, was abruptly changed in July by the veteran policymaker Wang Yi.
US officers initially anticipated Wang to journey to the annual UN assembly, the place he might have met briefly with President Joe Biden, however as an alternative, China stated that the comparatively lesser-known Han would come.
But Wang, who is also the Communist Party international coverage director, held talks over the weekend with Biden’s nationwide safety advisor, Jake Sullivan, in Malta.
The United States says it’s keen to maintain open traces of communication with China to handle the frequent tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have each traveled this 12 months to Beijing, resuming contact that had all however ceased in the course of the pandemic.
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