Top U.S. and Chinese officials will meet for the first Time since Biden took office next Thursday. It remains to be seen what sensitive issues the Secretary of State and White House national security adviser will raise with Chinese Communist Party officials in person.
Secretary of State John Blinken and White House national security adviser John Sullivan will meet in Alaska on March 18 with Yang Jiechi, director of the Foreign Affairs Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian described the meeting as a high-level U.S.-China “strategic dialogue” at the invitation of the U.S. side.
Secretary of State John Blinken said the meeting was a side trip on his way back from a visit to Japan and South Korea, not a strategic dialogue.
Dr. Anders Corr, publisher of Political Risk: “China [the Chinese Communist Party] wants to define the meeting in terms of a strategic dialogue to show that the two countries are on an equal footing. Strategy also conveys cooperation, and clearly Beijing wants to frame this dialogue in terms of cooperation.”
The White House said the meeting between Blinken and Sullivan would raise those issues of U.S. concern and worry, while also seeking opportunities for cooperation.
White House spokesman Psaki: “They [the secretary of state and national security adviser] won’t be shy about anything in the conversation. But they want to — next week is an important time to be direct and be able to engage face-to-face.”
Currently on Hong Kong, Taiwan and Xinjiang, the one issue the White House has confirmed it will definitely bring up is the genocide committed by the Chinese Communist Party against the Uyghurs. Analysis suggests that the Biden Administration is wrong to seek cooperation with a country that commits genocide.
Dr. Anders Corr, publisher of Political Risk: “If the U.S. puts its political capital on negotiations for trade cooperation with China [the Chinese Communist Party], it has less leverage on Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.”
Experts are deeply concerned about whether the two sides will reach an agreement.
Dr. Anders Corr, publisher of Political Risk: “Beijing may try to reach private secret agreements with the Blinken, Sullivan and Biden administrations, and we hope that doesn’t happen because Beijing has signed a lot of secret agreements around the world with very unfavorable (bad) content.”
Former Secretary of State Pompeo recently said that the Chinese Communist Party never gives in in negotiations and that there is no win-win cooperation with the Chinese Communist Party, only a win for the Chinese Communist Party and a loss for the other side.