US and China trade angry rebukes at high-level Alaska talks

US and China trade angry barbs at high-level Alaska talks
It was the first high-level direct meeting between the new US administration and China. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: In the first high-level talks between the Biden administration and China, US and Chinese officials have exchanged angry rebukes. The meeting took place in Alaska.

Chinese officials accused the United States of inciting countries “to attack China”, while the US said China had “arrived intent on grandstanding”.

Relations between the two superpower nations are at their most strained for years.

The US has pledged to raise contentious issues such as China’s treatment of minority Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

The ill-tempered talks in Anchorage involved Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State and Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser. On the other side of the table, there were China’s most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, and foreign minister Wang Yi.

Mr Blinken said in a blunt opening statement that the US would “discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies”.

He said: “Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability.”

Mr Yang, in response, accused the US of using its military might and financial supremacy to suppress other countries.

Mr Yang said: “It abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges, and incite some countries to attack China.”

China’s most senior foreign policy official said human rights in the US were at a low point, with black Americans being “slaughtered”.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan hit back, saying the US did not seek a conflict with China, but added: “We will always stand up for our principles for our people, and for our friends.”

The angry rebukes, which took place in front of the world’s media, went on for more than an hour.

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