Blinken on U.S.-China Talks: ‘No Surprise We Got a Defensive Response’

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Top U.S. and Chinese officials have concluded 2 days of meetings in Alaska after offering sharply different views of each other and the world in their first face-to-face talks since President Joe Biden took office.

The Chinese delegation, headed by Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi, left without comment Friday.

In a statement to reporters, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the American diplomats “knew going in that there are a number of areas where we are fundamentally at odds, including China’s actions in Xinjiang, with regard to Hong Kong, Tibet, increasingly Taiwan, as well as actions that it’s taking in in cyberspace.”

“We wanted to share with them the significant concerns that we have about a number of the actions that China has taken and the behavior it’s exhibiting, concerns shared by our allies and partners,” Blinken said.

Blinken said he was not surprised that the Chinese gave “a defensive response,” to the issues being raised.

He said there was also “candid” conversations on an expansive agenda that the two countries have in common.

The two sides traded barbs at the public open session of the meeting, with the U.S. accusing the Chinese delegation of “grandstanding” for domestic consumption in China and Beijing firing back Friday by saying there was a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” in the room that was entirely the fault of the Americans.

The meetings in Anchorage were a new test in increasingly troubled relations between the two countries, which are at odds over a range of issues from trade to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and China’s western Xinjiang region, as well as over Taiwan, China’s assertiveness in the South China Sea and the coronavirus pandemic.

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