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Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese President Xi Jinping after tensions between the two countries increased following the US allocation of funds for Taiwan’s military.  

During the talks, Blinken highlighted US concerns, including China’s support for Russia amid its ongoing war in Ukraine, which has now extended beyond two years. According to Blinken, “Russia would struggle to sustain its assault on Ukraine without China’s support. Fueling Russia’s defense industrial base not only threatens Ukrainian security, it threatens European security. As we’ve told China for some time, ensuring transatlantic security is a core US interest. In our discussions today. I made clear that China does not address this problem.”


President Xi responded by emphasizing the necessity for bilateral compromises between both countries to create mutual success. Xi also raised concerns about the US working to slow China’s economy, which he has previously claimed the US is trying to “contain.” 

During Blinken’s visit, he also met with China’s public security minister, Wang Xiaohong, and foreign minister, Wang Yi, who expressed cautious optimism about the stabilization of the relationship but cautioned against US interference in China’s internal matters. Wang Yi said, “China’s legitimate development rights have been unreasonably suppressed and our core interests are facing challenges. We have always called for respect of each other’s core interests and urge the United States not to interfere in China’s internal affairs, not to hold China’s development back, and not to step on China’s red lines on China’s sovereignty, security, and development interests.”


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