US, China meet to explore path forward from tensions in high-level dialogue

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The United States and China resume top-level talks on Friday (Nov 9) after months of spiraling tension, looking to see if they can find a way forward on disputes from trade to military friction. 바카라사이트

Friday’s delayed meeting in Washington comes weeks before US leader Donald Trump is expected to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Argentina, with both sides hoping they can announce some progress.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis will spend Friday morning with two high-ranking Chinese policymakers, days after a congressional election in which Trump painted China as a bogeyman.

A planned trip by Mr Mattis to Beijing last month was cancelled amid rising military tensions between the Pacific powers. But on Friday China’s defence minister, General Wei Fenghe, will visit the Pentagon to a ceremonial honor cordon. 카지노사이트

The defence chiefs will beforehand hold talks at the State Department jointly with Mr Pompeo and senior Communist Party official Yang Jiechi, a longtime architect of Chinese foreign policy who formerly served as ambassador to Washington.

The talks will focus on security, but trade is at the heart of tensions. Mr Trump has slapped US$250 billion (S$344 billion) worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, accusing Beijing of nefarious trading practices, prompting retaliatory measures.

While some of the Trump administration’s comments on China have prompted commentators to draw parallels to the Cold War, Mr Terry Branstad, the US ambassador to Beijing, said that Washington was not seeking confrontation for its own sake. 카지노사이트주소

“We want this to be a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China. The US is not trying to contain China, but we want fairness and reciprocity,” Mr Branstad told reporters on the eve of the talks.

In Beijing, foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying said Friday that China hopes the talks “will bring very good results”, and help “deepen understanding” and “accelerate collaboration between both sides.”

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