US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet Monday with China’s vice chairman, the most recent top-level dialogue in days between the rival powers.
The State Division stated on its public schedule that Blinken will meet Vice President Han Zheng in New York on the sidelines of the UN Normal Meeting.
The talks come as the US watches with rising intrigue at personnel modifications in Beijing. Qin Gang, handpicked by President Xi Jinping as overseas minister, was abruptly changed in July by the veteran policymaker Wang Yi.
US officers initially anticipated Wang to journey to the annual UN assembly, the place he might have met briefly with President Joe Biden, however as a substitute, China stated that the comparatively lesser-known Han would come.
However Wang, who is also the Communist Get together overseas coverage director, held talks over the weekend with Biden’s nationwide safety advisor, Jake Sullivan, in Malta.
The US says it’s keen to maintain open traces of communication with China to handle the frequent tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen have each traveled this yr to Beijing, resuming contact that had all however ceased throughout the pandemic.
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