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Bitter Alaska Meeting Complicates Already Shaky U.S.-China Ties
Bitter Alaska Meeting Complicates Already Shaky U.S.-China Ties
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U.S.-China Alaska Meeting

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BIG IDEA | ‘High-level talks between the Biden administration and Beijing that veered into acrimony put the U.S.-China rivalry in sharp relief, complicating efforts by the two powers to erect guardrails and keep tensions from spiraling further.’

“Anyone who was hoping there would be a significant de-escalation—largely people in the business community—can see that’s not going to be possible, at least in the near term."

Last week, the U.S. and China held their first face-to-face meeting since President Biden took office.

Here's a snapshot from The Wall Street Journal:

'High-level talks between the Biden administration and Beijing that veered into acrimony put the U.S.-China rivalry in sharp relief, complicating efforts by the two powers to erect guardrails and keep tensions from spiraling further.’

  • ‘In his opening remarks, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken launched into China’s cyberattacks, its threats against Taiwan and others, and its clampdowns in Xinjiang and Hong Kong as “threatening the rules-based order that maintains global stability.” ’
  • ‘Mr. Yang Jiechi, China’s senior-most foreign-policy official, in turn, criticized the U.S. for undermining global stability by using force around the world, and he said the U.S. doesn’t serve as a model to others. He listed the U.S.’s problems with racism, mentioning the Black Lives Matter movement, and declining domestic confidence in U.S. democracy.’

‘Mr. Blinken told reporters afterward that the governments “are fundamentally at odds” on issues such as Hong Kong and cyberattacks, though interests intersect on Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan and climate change.'

  • ' “We were clear-eyed coming in, we’re clear-eyed coming out, and we will go back to Washington to take stock of where we are,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.'

'Mr. Yang, also noted “important disagreements” remained, and in remarks to Chinese state media suggested Beijing wouldn’t back down.'

  • ' “China will unswervingly defend its national sovereignty, security and development interests. China’s development and strengthening is unstoppable,” said Mr. Yang.

'The thrust of Mr. Yang’s remarks presages difficult dealings ahead, said Michael Pillsbury of the Hudson Institute.'

  • ' “The tone seems to be different. Now China is not just equal to us, they are superior,” said Mr. Pillsbury.’

' “Anyone who was hoping there would be a significant de-escalation—largely people in the business community—can see that’s not going to be possible, at least in the near term,” said Allison Sherlock, a China analyst at the consultancy Eurasia Group.'

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