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Monday, January 30, 2023

US delegation travels to China to improve ties and talk about Taiwan

Beijing said on Monday that members of a high-level US delegation discussed with their counterparts in China the “sensitive” Taiwan issue as well as ways to improve bilateral ties.

The meeting was also aimed at preparing for the visit of US chief of diplomacy Antony Blinken to the Asian country, scheduled in early 2023.

This is the first official visit since November’s commitment by Chinese President Xi Jinping and American Joe Biden at the G20 summit in Bali to improve bilateral ties.

The delegation included Daniel Krittenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific, and Laura Rosenberger, White House National Security Council Senior Director for China and Taiwan.

According to Chinese diplomacy, talks between US officials and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xi Feng took place on Sunday and Monday in the northern city of Langfang on the outskirts of Beijing.

“The two sides held in-depth talks on the implementation of the consensus reached between the two presidents during the Bali summit,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, told reporters.

Relations between Beijing and Washington have cooled in recent years over disagreements over the trade imbalance, the Uyghur question or rivalry in the high-tech sector.

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AFP

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