When it was first revealed that top officials from the United States and China would meet in Alaska this week, there was some optimism that a new relationship could begin between the two countries, years after President Donald Trump’s term was almost completely severed during the final.
After talks between President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping last month, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who attended the Alaska summit, said, “Sino-US relations have deviated from normalcy over the past few years, and I have had the biggest problem since the establishment of diplomatic relations.”
Wang called for rebuilding, and Chinese state media speculated that the “Alaska Moment” could provide just that opportunity.
But as the summit approached, both sides began to indicate that there was little room for compromise, reducing the chances of real progress. It ended Thursday with Chinese Ambassador to the United States Kui Tiankai saying he had no high expectations for the Alaska talks.
Even what Chui was surprised at, how these discussions started, was horrible. After US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken read out comments prepared for journalists invited to watch the opening of the meeting, where he promised the Biden administration to express “deep concern” over some Chinese steps, Beijing’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, was immediately shocked. In the back.
Young warned Americans to stop interfering in China’s “internal affairs” and said that “the rest of the world should stop advancing its own democracy,” adding that many Americans “really have very little faith in American democracy.”
His remarks came more than two minutes after U.S. officials said they agreed before the talks, and while the media was still insisting on issuing a Blinken rebuttal, the Chinese complained against him, saying “U.S. ambassadors” complained, “grandstanding.”
China’s state broadcaster CCTV reported that the United States was in favor of “provoking the debate” by launching a statement in the aftermath of the exchange of words and “unreasonable attacks.” On China’s domestic and foreign policy.
The exchanges behind closed-doors, however, seem more innate. After the first session, a senior White House official told reporters that the discussions were “original, serious and direct.”
“Before the second round of talks began, they said, ‘We have used the session as we have outlined our interests and priorities, and we have heard the same thing from our Chinese partners,'” he said.
The meeting is expected to extend into the evening of Alaskan through final talks as local time begins on Friday morning.
The biggest geopolitical test
Even before Biden was elected last year, Beijing has made it clear that while it wants to re-establish relations with Washington, it wants it on its own terms.
After China’s global reputation was damaged by the virus epidemic, the country has spread economically on a larger scale and politically the Communist Party is more secure than ever, as demonstrated by new crackdowns in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
Since 2010, China has been calling for a “new model of large-scale power relations”, a more balanced relationship structure that has been widely rejected by Washington. But Biden is probably the first U.S. president to face a Chinese who sees himself playing a plane game with America and is unhappy to act as a junior partner.
In an editorial earlier this month, the state-run China Daily said, “It was hoped that the (Biden administration) would work with China to bring bilateral relations in a more positive direction.”
While Beijing has made it clear that it has prioritized a stable relationship, the Trump administration’s aggressive moves have proven that much of what the United States needs to throw out can be weathering, be it trade tariffs, sanctions or diplomatic pressure.
After claiming “direct” contact with China B last month, the Chinese state media framed the talks quite differently, rejecting Washington’s concerns about Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan with Xi, saying “the US side should respect China’s core interests and be prudent.” Get to work. “
Beijing was probably expecting the same kind of relationship, as it did during Biden’s last term in government under President Barack Obama, who was harsh with China and commented that he was “elite toward Asia” without much effect on the two countries. Economic relations, not according to critics, do much to control Chinese regional ambitions.
Blinken, for his part, made it clear that it was not on the cards. He called US-China relations “the biggest geological test of the 21st century” and rallied Washington’s allies in the region against Beijing ahead of this week’s Alaska meeting.
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