World A high US diplomat expected in China on bilateral tension background

05:30  22 july  2021
05:30  22 july  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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USA-China-Diplomacy: a highly expected US diplomat in China on bilateral tension background

UNE HAUTE DIPLOMATE US ATTENDUE EN CHINE SUR FOND DE TENSIONS BILATÉRALES © Reuters / Denis Balibouse a high degree of diplomat expected in China on the back of Bilateral Tensions

by Simon Lewis and David Brunnstrom

Washington (Reuters) - The number two of the US State Department, Wendy Sherman, will visit China on July 25 and 26, the State Department on the background of the state Stretched relations between the two largest global economic powers.

It is expected that Wendy Sherman, an assistant of the US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, comes with the two highest Chinese diplomats and other representatives of the country in Tianjin, a city located southeast of the Capital Beijing.

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This visit will appear in closing of the second tour of the US representative in Asia in less than two months. It is expected in Japan, South Korea and Mongolia.

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in a statement, the US State Department has indicated that the discussions programmed in China Fitted in the framework "the ongoing efforts of the United States for free trade (...) to advance the interests and values ​​of the United States and to manage the (bilateral) relation".

If the visit of Wendy Sherman in China was expected by some observers, it was not the program for traveling in Asia announced last week.

Discussions could serve as a basis for reinforced exchanges between Washington and Beijing, or even a possible summit between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping by the end of the year - for example on the margin of the G20 summit scheduled at the end of October in Italy.

A spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, quoted by the News Agency China New, said the visit had been proposed by the United States.

He added that Beijing would adopt "a firm attitude" to protect the sovereignty, security and development of Chinese interests, asking Washington in particular to stop interfering in his internal affairs.

(Reporting Simon Lewis, David Brunnstrom and Michael Martina; French version Jean Terzian)

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