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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is set to visit the United States this week, aiming to mend the strained ties between the two global powers.
From October 26-28, Wang will be in Washington to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan. This trip comes after Blinken and other US officials visited Beijing in June, signifying the US’s interest in maintaining open dialogue. As one official shared, “We continue to believe that direct face-to-face diplomacy is the best way to raise challenging issues, address misperception and miscommunication and explore working with the Chinese where our interests intersect.”
The scheduled meetings are expected to cover a broad spectrum of issues, from the Israel-Hamas conflict to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the mounting tension in the South China Sea. Washington has been actively supporting Israel and Ukraine with military aid.
Meanwhile, Beijing’s ties with Russia have strengthened following the start of the war in Ukraine. China has also advocated for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Responding to these dynamics, an official conveyed the US’s desire for China to adopt a “more constructive approach on both” fronts.
This meeting comes ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, stirring speculations of a possible meeting between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. However, officials have yet to confirm this