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


Washington (AP) — Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman U.S. officials said Wednesday that they would travel to China this weekend with a visit coming as tensions between Washington and Beijing soar on multiple fronts.

Sherman meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Officials told reporters on Sunday to others in the northeastern cities of Tianjin as part of their current trip to Asia to take her to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia.

Sherman has since become the top U.S. official visiting China President Joe Biden takes office, Secretary of State Antony Blinken And National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan In March, I met King and Chinese veteran diplomat Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska. The first controversial exchange.. John Kerry, Special Climate Envoy of the Biden Administration, Traveled to Shanghai for a meeting With his Chinese counterpart in April, but Sherman is now outperforming 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.

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.

Authorities were not allowed to publicly preview the trip prior to its official announcement and spoke on anonymous terms.

When asked about Sherman’s itinerary on Monday, State Department spokesman Ned Price said the government was “looking for opportunities” to meet with senior-level Chinese officials in person.

“The President believes that there is no alternative to face-to-face diplomacy, and if appropriate, if China is in our interests, and if we consider it constructive, we are ready to do diplomacy directly with China. It’s done. Mr. Price referred to the People’s Republic of China, saying, “It makes sense to do so, and it makes sense to do so.”

Officials said the shaman’s agenda was broad and covered a smaller set of convergences, as well as areas of controversy, such as mutual desire to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table. Nuclear negotiations.. However, they acknowledged that the difference was vast and clear and likely to dominate the debate.

On monday, administration China accused of being behind a major hack He has charged four Chinese with attempting to steal US corporate secrets, technology, and illness research using Microsoft Exchange email server software.

Last week, the United States issued a separate harsh warning against a deal with an entity operating in China’s western Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where China has been accused. Suppress Uighur Muslims And other minorities.Administration Advise American companies China was in Hong Kong’s deteriorating investment and commercial environment Crackdown on democratic freedom He promised to respect the former British colonies.

At the same time, administration Reaffirming policy shifts in the Trump era This rejected almost all of China’s important maritime claims in the South China Sea and reminded Beijing that military action against the Philippines in conflict areas would trigger a response under the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty.

Sino-US relations are also deteriorating due to the increase in China Threat to Taiwan And Policy in Tibet..

All of these issues have been taken over by the Trump administration in China. Coronavirus pandemic,this Born in WuhanAnd concerns about predatory Chinese investment in developing countries and attempts to gain hegemony in the global high-tech telecommunications sector.