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Blinken Meets with China's Top Diplomat in Beijing

Beijing – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Monday with China’s high diplomat Wang Yi on the second and remaining day of a go to to Beijing geared toward stabilizing relations between the 2 powers.

Blinken and Wang shook palms on the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse earlier than going into a gathering room for the talks together with delegations from either side.

Sunday, Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang held ‘candid’ and ‘direct’ talks in Beijing, the State Department mentioned.

During the seven-and-a-half hour assembly, Qin accepted an invite to come back to the United States. Agreement was additionally reached on extra flights between the 2 international locations.

In addition, either side will proceed to work on a number of points ‘at a working degree,’ mentioned a senior State Department official.

After Blinken’s in-person conferences with Qin, they’d a working dinner later Sunday on the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.

‘The Secretary made clear that the United States will all the time get up for the pursuits and values of the American folks and work with its allies and companions to advance our imaginative and prescient for a world that’s free, open, and upholds the worldwide rules-based order,’ mentioned State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller in a press release.

He added the highest U.S.-China diplomats additionally mentioned find out how to facilitate people-to-people exchanges.

Blinken is the primary secretary of state to go to Beijing since 2018. His two-day journey was rescheduled from February after a Chinese surveillance balloon flew by means of U.S. airspace.

‘Hope this assembly may also help steer China-U.S. relations again to what the 2 presidents (U.S. President Joe Biden and China’s Xi Jinping) agreed upon in Bali,’ mentioned Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Hua Chunying in a Tweet. During that assembly the 2 leaders agreed to keep up open strains of communication.

‘I believe I can say with nice confidence there’s a recognition on either side that we do must have senior-level channels of communication, that we’re at an necessary level within the relationship the place I believe lowering the danger of miscalculation’ is necessary, a senior State Department official instructed reporters.

Topics excessive on the agenda throughout Blinken’s conferences in Beijing embody regional safety, counternarcotics, local weather change, world macroeconomic stability, Americans wrongfully detained in China, in addition to exchanges between American and Chinese folks, in line with senior U.S. officers.

Americans wrongfully detained in China

Children of Americans who the U.S. considers wrongfully detained by Chinese authorities requested Blinken to lift their fathers’ circumstances together with his Chinese counterparts.

‘Behind each hostage is a household struggling daily,’ mentioned ‘Bring Our Families Home Campaign’ in a tweet Sunday.

‘This Sunday would be the seventh time I’ve missed Father’s Day with my dad,’ mentioned Harrison Li. ‘Releasing my dad is likely one of the best issues that the Chinese authorities can do to point out they’re critical about normalizing relations.’

Harrison Li’s dad, Kai Li, is an American citizen detained in China since September 2016. He was later sentenced to 10 years in jail for espionage, a cost that his household rejects.

Alice Lin is the daughter of American pastor David Lin, who was detained beneath unclear circumstances in 2006 and later sentenced to life in jail on costs of contract fraud. Lin’s household staunchly maintains his innocence. Lin’s sentence was later decreased, and he’s anticipated to be launched in 2029.

‘Secretary Blinken, we miss my dad. Please do the whole lot attainable to deliver him dwelling,’ Lin instructed VOA.

FILE - Secretary of State Antony Blinken listens during a virtual meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, from the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Nov. 15, 2021.

Families of Americans Wrongfully Detained in China Urge Blinken to Prioritize Release


Washington has mentioned China’s army escalation within the Taiwan Strait was ‘a worldwide concern.’

A senior State Department official instructed VOA it’s an ‘abiding curiosity’ of the U.S. to keep up peace and stability throughout the Taiwan Strait. China is seen as ramping up financial coercion concentrating on Taiwan forward of its presidential election.

In May, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines instructed senators {that a} Chinese invasion of Taiwan may halt the world’s largest superior semiconductor manufacturing, wiping out as much as $1 trillion per 12 months.

‘I’ll say this quantity is method too small’ as a result of it solely prices about 6% of China’s gross home product, mentioned Chen-Yu Li who’s the chief economist of Taishin Financial Holdings in Taiwan.

Li mentioned a army battle within the Taiwan Strait will have an effect on different Asian economies resembling Japan and South Korea, whose GDP totals at the least $5 trillion. He additionally cited the market worth of tech giants resembling Apple, Nvidia, AMD which Li estimates is at the least $3 trillion.

‘If Taiwan is beneath assault, the stock market within the U.S. could vanish $3 trillion,’ Li mentioned throughout a May 12 occasion hosted by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

‘If I’m Xi Jinping, I’ll be very comfortable to assault Taiwan. It’s simply 6%.’

NGOs push for human rights

In a signed letter to Blinken, 42 nongovernmental organizations urged the highest U.S. diplomat to carry the Chinese authorities accountable for its human rights abuses, citing repression in opposition to strange individuals who participated in peaceable protests.

‘Hong Kong police detained over 20 folks for commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre after banning the annual Victoria Park candlelight vigil,’ mentioned the letter.