TIANJIN, China — China got here out swinging at high-level face-to-face talks with the USA on Monday, blaming the U.S. for a “stalemate” in bilateral relations and calling on America to vary “its extremely misguided mindset and harmful coverage.”
Vice Overseas Minister Xie Feng accused the administration of President Joe Biden of making an attempt to comprise and suppress China’s improvement, based on an official abstract of his remarks in talks with visiting U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman.
The basic cause why relations between the 2 face severe difficulties is as a result of some Individuals painting China as an “imagined enemy,” the Overseas Ministry quoted Xie as saying.
Sherman, America’s No. 2 diplomat, is the highest-ranking U.S. official to go to China since Biden took workplace six months in the past. She was having separate conferences with Xie, who’s answerable for U.S.-China relations, and Overseas Minister Wang Yi at a closed-off resort resort within the metropolis of Tianjin.
Relations between the international locations deteriorated sharply below Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, and the 2 sides stay at odds over a bunch of points together with know-how, cybersecurity and human rights.
Xie mentioned China desires to hunt frequent floor whereas shelving variations, highlighting a divide within the primary strategy to their relationship. The Biden administration has mentioned it would cooperate in areas akin to local weather however confront China in others akin to human rights, describing the connection as collaborative, aggressive and adversarial.
In an interview Saturday, Wang accused the U.S. of adopting a superior perspective and utilizing its power to strain different international locations.
“China would by no means settle for any nation that claims to be superior to others,” he informed China’s Phoenix Tv. “If the U.S. has not discovered to deal with different international locations equally, China and the worldwide neighborhood have the duty to assist the U.S. discover ways to do that.”
Biden administration officers have mentioned the purpose of the talks is to not negotiate particular points however to maintain high-level communications channels open. The U.S. desires to make sure that guardrails are in place to stop competitors between the international locations from turning into battle, they mentioned.
A attainable assembly between Biden and Chinese language President Xi Jinping is predicted to be on the agenda, maybe on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Rome on the finish of October.
A commentary by the official Xinhua Information Company agreed on the necessity for guardrails however mentioned the U.S. should display sincerity by ending its assaults on China over the origins of COVID-19, human rights and different points.
“If Washington retains believing that it could possibly have Beijing’s cooperation in addressing daunting challenges whereas on the identical time suppressing China, it’s massively fallacious,” the piece by Xinhua author Dong Yue mentioned.
Sherman, who arrived Sunday night from Mongolia, tweeted America’s “heartfelt condolences to those that have misplaced family members” in extreme storms and flooding final week that killed a minimum of 63 folks in central China’s Henan province.
Her go to follows an preliminary assembly in March in Anchorage, Alaska, the place Wang and veteran Chinese language diplomat Yang Jiechi exchanged indignant phrases with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan.
John Kerry, the Biden administration’s particular local weather envoy, traveled to Shanghai to fulfill his Chinese language counterpart in April.
Sherman travels subsequent to Oman, the place she is going to meet Deputy Overseas Minister Sheikh Khalifa Al Harthy on Tuesday. She met with officers in Japan and South Korea final week.
Moritsugu reported from Beijing.