US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken arrived in China on Sunday. For a high-level visit that is see as an attempt to ease tensions between the two rival countries.
According to the French news agency AFP, there are differences between the two major economic powers of the world. On regional security issues, from trade to technology. But neither side expects major progress regarding the two-day visit of Antony Blanken.
US President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping had a cordial meeting in Bali ahead of the G20 summit in November. Four months after Anthony Blanken was schedule to visit Beijing.
Before visit was postpone by the US Secretary of State. When it became known about the presence of a Chinese spy balloon in American airspace.
Both countries have expressed interest in achieving stability. Before his departure, US Secretary of State Anthony Blanken said he would “try to manage our relationship responsibly by finding ways to avoid misunderstandings”.
“Fierce competition requires constant diplomacy to ensure that competition does not lead to confrontation,” he said.
Anthony Blanken was speaking with Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Who said the region “wants America to remain a power and find ways to co-exist with a rising China.”
Anthony Blanken’s trip is necessary but not sufficient. Building mutual respect and strategic trust takes time.
Antony Blanken spoke by telephone with his counterparts in Japan. And South Korea during his 20-hour trans-Pacific trip to bring the allies closer.
Before the US Secretary of State’s visit, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Wang Wenbin said a statement. He said that the US needs to respect China’s core interests and work together with China.
He said that China and the US should develop relations based on mutual respect and equality.
Anthony Blanken is the first top US diplomat to visit Beijing since Mike Pompeo in 2018.