China’s senior U.S. diplomat discusses worsening relations


Tianjin, China (AP) — A second US diplomat arrives in China and discusses relations between the two countries with two foreign ministry officials on Monday.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will hold separate meetings with Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Feng and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who are in charge of US-China relations, at a closed resort hotel in Tianjin.

She has been a top US executive visiting China since President Joe Biden took office six months ago. Under his predecessor, Donald Trump, relations between the two countries have deteriorated sharply, and the two continue to confront many issues, including technology, cybersecurity, human rights and other issues.

In an interview on Saturday, the king accused the United States of taking a good attitude and using its strength to put pressure on other nations.

“China will never accept a country that claims to be superior to others,” he told China’s Phoenix Television. “If the United States has not learned to treat other countries equally, China and the international community are responsible for helping the United States learn how to do this.”

Biden administration officials said the purpose of the talks was not to negotiate specific issues, but to keep high-level communications channels open. They said the United States wants to make sure that guardrails are in place to prevent conflicts between countries.

Biden and the possibility of talks with Xi Jinping Jintao of China, are expected to be on the agenda at the side of the G20 summit to be held in Rome, probably at the end of October.

Sherman, who arrived from Mongolia on Sunday night, tweeted “a heartfelt condolence (from the United States) to those who lost their loved ones” in a severe storm and flood that killed at least 63 people in Henan last week. did.

Her meeting follows the first highly controversial meeting in Anchorage, Alaska in March.

John Kerry, the special climate envoy of the Biden administration, visited Shanghai in April to meet with Chinese counterparts.