Warming up in sight? US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will most likely reschedule a visit to China in the coming weeks, after the one scheduled for February was canceled, a US official said on Tuesday. According to this source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, no date has yet been set for this trip.
The two powers are again trying to ease tensions revived by the presence in February above American soil of what the United States considered to be a Chinese spy balloon and which they shot down. This incident led to the postponement of a visit by Blinken to China.
“Hurry to reschedule”
National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said recent discussions in Beijing, during a visit by several US officials, had raised “potential future visits” and had been “very helpful”. “I think you will see us discussing future visits there in the very near future,” he told reporters.
State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said US Under Secretary of State for East Asia Daniel Kritenbrink and Sarah Beran, President Joe Biden’s adviser on China and Taiwan Affairs, had had “frank and productive discussions” during their visit to China a few days ago. About Blinken, he said: “We look forward to rescheduling this visit as soon as conditions allow.”
“Our view is that there is nothing better than face-to-face meetings or engagements, whether in Washington or Beijing, to advance discussions,” the spokesperson said. with journalists.
Tensions have increased in recent years between the United States and China on multiple topics, including trade, security and Taiwan. Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping had agreed to cooperate on certain issues during intense discussions at the G20 summit in November in Bali, but the balloon incident had again exacerbated tensions.