Head of US diplomacy to visit China in February
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China from February 5 to 6 to try to ease tensions between the two countries.
Blinken is due to arrive on the 5th and will also hold talks on the 6th during this trip aimed at trying to ease tensions with the US’s main diplomatic and economic rival.
Blinken’s trip – which will be the first at this level since 2018 – was announced in November by the White House, but the dates had not yet been officially communicated.
During a daily press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin today welcomed Blinken’s upcoming visit to China, adding that “the United States and China are working out the details of the visit”.
“China pursues US-China relations based on the three principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation,” the spokesperson explained, saying he hopes the two countries will “return to a healthy and stable relationship” .
Taiwan, North Korea, the South China Sea, semiconductors: these are some of the controversial issues that will appear on the work agenda.
In late December, the head of US diplomacy said he would ask Beijing to put pressure on North Korea to participate in the talks.
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