The United States and China concluded two days of “difficult” but “constructive” discussions, a day after a debate at the beginning of the talks, which revealed the difference of views between the two superpowers, and constituted an indication of a difficult era ahead.
The day before yesterday, American diplomats confirmed that the first talks that took place between President Joe Biden’s administration and China were “difficult and direct,” but the interests of the two powers coincided in some areas, in statements that followed the conclusion of the meetings.
After three sessions between the two sides, on Thursday and early Friday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the US side was frank about its concern about Beijing’s behavior towards Hong Kong and Taiwan and in the field of cyberspace, and stated that the Chinese side’s strategy was defensive as expected.
Blinken said, “But we were also able to speak candidly, over several hours, about a broad agenda,” adding that the two sides discussed “Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, climate, and (areas where) our interests meet.”
“We expected difficult and direct talks on a wide range of issues, which is exactly what happened,” said White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan. “We will continue to consult with allies and partners on the way forward.”
For his part, the most senior diplomatic official in the Chinese Communist Party, Yang Jiechi, said that the Sino-US talks that took place in Alaska were “frank, constructive and useful,” as reported yesterday by the new Chinese agency “Xinhua”.
With the conclusion of the talks, Yang gave a positive signal, but pointed out that “there are still some important differences between the two sides,” according to “Xinhua”.
The two sides exchanged sharp criticisms in front of television cameras in opening speeches, highlighting the challenge of calm in the first talks between the administrations of Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden.
Blinken accused China of conducting behavior that endangered global stability.
He said that China’s behavior “threatens the rules-based system, which guarantees global stability.”
On the other hand, he described Blinken’s army as “arrogant,” accusing him of conducting a show of strength in front of the cameras in the auditorium.
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