The heads of US and Chinese diplomacy will meet in New York on Friday amid tensions over Taiwan.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the annual United Nations General Assembly.
This is their first meeting since talks in Bali in July, when the two indicated their willingness to resume talks.
A month later, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan, drawing anger from Beijing and renewing tensions between the two great powers.
In an interview given on Sunday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, was ready to intervene militarily if China resorts to force, once again away from America’s “strategic ambiguity”. Is.
The Chinese minister said in a calm tone on Thursday that he had met in New York with US climate envoy, former Secretary of State John Kerry, despite the fact that Beijing suspended cooperation on the matter in retaliation for Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. was.
In a speech, Wang reiterated Beijing’s anger over US support for the island, which Beijing considers part of its territory.
“The Taiwan issue is becoming the riskiest contentious issue in US-China relations,” he said.
However, Friday’s talks should pave the way for a possible first meeting between Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, likely on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali in November.
Wang said the two countries wanted to “make the US-China relationship work” without confrontation.