Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is scheduled to visit the US this week for talks with the host country’s Foreign Minister Antony Blinken. The visit, to be held from October 26 to 28, will be Mr Wang Yi’s first visit to the US since September 2022.
The US State Department announced on October 23 that the above meeting will focus on discussing a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. This is part of ongoing efforts to responsibly regulate US-China relations and maintain open channels of communication. The United States will continue to use diplomacy to advance our interests and values, resolve disagreements, and make progress in meeting our shared challenges.
according to the sheet South China Morning PostIt is said that the above visit will pave the way for the meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, which is expected to be held in San Francisco, California next month.
Earlier, Chinese Commerce Minister Wang Wentao visited the US in May, while Chinese Vice President Han China spoke at the General Discussion Session of the UN General Assembly in New York City in September.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a meeting in Indonesia in July 2023. Photo: Reuters
On the opposite side, a series of top US officials have also visited China since the beginning of the year in an effort to ease tensions, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, and special. Climate envoy John Kerry.
In particular, after the meeting between Chinese Vice Prime Minister He Lap Fong and US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen in Beijing in July, the two sides agreed to establish two working groups in the fields of economics and finance.
On October 24, the first meeting of the US-China Economic Working Group was held, focusing on discussions on macroeconomic policies and conditions, bilateral economic relations, and cooperation to respond to challenges. global. On October 25, it was the turn of the US-China Financial Working Group to meet to discuss related issues.
Mr James Chin, an expert at the University of Tasmania (Australia), commented that the 2-hour online meeting of the Economic Working Group may have referred to technical disagreements as Beijing wanted to pressure Washington to lift restrictive measures.
Meanwhile, Mr Jayant Menon, an expert at ISEAS-Yosof Ishak Institute (Singapore) said that the US-China trade dispute may have been on the agenda, but the two sides have not achieved any breakthrough as the US has not achieved anything yet. Is of. it. Be prepared to make concessions. However, according to Mr. Menon, the US is trying to improve relations with China, so there have been several high-level contacts between the two countries.
According to Bloomberg, Ms Yellen recently wanted to increase contacts between the US Treasury Department and economic leaders in China in an effort to prevent policy disagreements from escalating into serious conflict. Recently, within the framework of the 2023 annual conference of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in the city of Marrakesh, Morocco, Ms. Yellen met with Mr. Fan Cong Thang, Governor of the Central Bank of China, on March 13.