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Antony Blinken to visit China, discuss Middle East, Russia-Ukraine war with officials

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 21 Apr 2024

Antony Blinken to visit China, discuss Middle East, Russia-Ukraine war with officials

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US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken will travel to China April 24-26 where he will meet officials in Shanghai and Beijing to discuss a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues.

According to an official statement issued by the US State Department, the issues of discussion will include the crisis in the Middle East, Russia’s war against Ukraine, cross-Strait issues, and the South China Sea.

"The Secretary will also discuss ongoing work to fulfil the commitments made by Presidents Biden and Xi at the Woodside Summit in November on resuming counternarcotics cooperation, military-to-military communication, artificial intelligence, and strengthening people-to-people ties, and will reiterate the importance of the United States and the PRC responsibly managing competition, even in areas where our two countries disagree," read a statement issued by the department.

Stating the objectives, a US official told the State Department website: "The Secretary has three primary objectives for his trip to China: first, making progress on key issues; second, clearly and directly communicating concerns on bilateral, regional, and global issues; and third, responsibly managing competition, again, so that it does not result in miscalculation or conflict.  We’ve grounded these objectives in the administration’s approach to the PRC, which you have heard many times, of course, and that’s namely our invest, align, and compete strategy.  We’ve made significant progress on each pillar of our strategy, and we believe that our doing so has strengthened our competitive position."

The official said: "We are in a different place than we were a year ago, when the bilateral relationship was at an historic low point."