Second-ranked U.S. diplomat Sherman visits China amid heightened tensions

Washington-Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will travel to China this weekend on a visit that will come as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts, the State Department said Wednesday.

Sherman will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others in a city in northeastern Tianjin on Sunday as part of his current trip to Asia, and will take her to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia. She will visit Oman later.

Sherman will be the top U.S. official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office, but Secretary of Foreign Antony Blinken and state security adviser Jake Sullivan said in March Alaska. I met King and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi at Antony. This is the first controversial exchange. John Kerry, the Biden administration’s special climate envoy, visited Shanghai in April to meet with Chinese responders, but Sherman is now ahead of him.

Sherman’s visit to China questioned why the trip was not announced at the same time as the rest of the trip to the region, after the already severely tense US-China relations had deteriorated significantly in the past two weeks.

U.S. officials did not confirm the proposal that the Chinese first offered only low-level officials to meet the shamans. But they said the Biden administration would not have agreed to the visit unless they were convinced that the shamans could meet top-notch officials in person. Officials were not allowed to publicly preview the trip prior to its official announcement on Wednesday and spoke on anonymous terms.

The State Department said the government was “exploring opportunities” to meet with senior-level Chinese officials in person.

In a statement, the ministry referred to the People’s Republic of China (PRC): “These discussions are open exchanges with Chinese authorities to advance US interests and values ​​and manage relations responsibly. Is part of the ongoing US efforts to do so. ” “The Deputy Secretary will discuss areas of serious concern about China’s actions and areas of our interests.”

Officials said Sherman’s agenda was broad and covered not only areas of controversy, but a smaller set of areas of convergence, such as the mutual desire to bring North Korea back to the table of negotiations for nuclear negotiations. However, they acknowledged that the difference was vast and clear and likely to dominate the debate.

On Monday, the administration accused the Chinese administration of being behind a massive hack of Microsoft Exchange email server software, and four China were charged with trying to steal U.S. corporate secrets, technology, and illness research. Indicted the people. The Chinese administration rejected the hacking charges and demanded that Washington withdraw the charges against its citizens.

Last week, the United States issued individual harsh warnings against transactions with businesses operating in the western part of China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which has been accused of suppressing Uighur Muslims and other minorities. The administration also advised US companies on investment and deteriorating commercial conditions in Hong Kong, which is curbing democratic freedom that the Chinese administration has promised to respect in the former British colony.

At the same time, the administration reaffirmed the Trump-era policy shift that rejected almost all of China’s important maritime claims in the South China Sea, and said that military action against the Philippines in conflict areas would trigger a response under the U.S. Philippines. The US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty reminded me of.

Sino-US relations have also been exacerbated by the growing threat of the Chinese administration to Taiwan and its policies in Tibet.

All of these issues were taken over by the Trump administration, with persistent tensions over the Chinese Communist Party’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan and concerns about predatory Chinese investment in developing countries and their attempts. In addition it occurred. Gain control of the global high-tech telecommunications sector.

Sherman will travel to Oman on July 27, after meeting with Chinese officials. Oman has been hit hard by the coronavirus in protest of the economic downturn and mass dismissals. The Department of State meets with Deputy Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalifa Al Hershey to discuss “our common commitment to promoting peace and security in the region and strengthening bilateral relations between the United States and Oman.” intend to do something.