U.S.-China talks choose Alaska Trump: I would never do that

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Action for America Conference (CPAC) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Feb. 28, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The Biden administration plans to hold its first high-level meeting with Chinese Communist Party officials in Alaska on March 18. Former President Trump recently told one of his advisers that he “would never” agree to arrange a meeting between Chinese Communist Party officials and U.S. officials in Anchorage, Alaska.

According to Trump adviser Jason Miller, Trump said he “would ask the Chinese [Communist Party] to come to Washington, D.C., to meet.”

On March 14, Miller told Newsmax that the fact that Joe Biden held the meeting in Anchorage rather than in Washington, D.C. shows that he is already showing deference to the Chinese (Communist Party of China), to whom he has compromised.

“I spoke with President Trump last night and he said he would never do that.” Miller added.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with Yang Jiechi, head of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Alaska on March 18 and 19, the first meeting between the highest-ranking U.S. and Chinese officials since the Joe Biden Administration took office.

The South China Morning Post first reported that the first high-level meeting between Biden administration officials and the Chinese side will be held in Alaska. Alaska is the geographical midpoint between the United States and mainland China.

On Feb. 10, Biden held a telephone conversation with Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping. During the call, Biden pointed out the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations, unfair economic practices and repression of Hong Kong. According to a White House release of the conversation, Biden “is committed to pursuing pragmatic, results-oriented (U.S.-China) engagement while promoting the interests of the American people and our allies.

On the evening of Feb. 16, Biden told a CNN town hall that he would not hold China (the Chinese Communist Party) accountable, as the Trump Administration has done, because China under the Communist Party is a sovereign country with “different norms.

In a Feb. 17 interview with Newsmax, Trump criticized President Biden for his appeasement policy toward the Chinese Communist Party. He said, “The whole thing is ridiculous. We have China [the Chinese Communist Party] exactly where we want it to be.” Meaning, he thinks Biden is not hard enough on the CCP, and he disapproves of Biden’s pacification policy turn toward the CCP.

On Feb. 28, the last day of the Conservative Action Conference of America (CPAC), Trump gave a speech. He spoke again about confronting the Chinese Communist Party, bringing factories and supply chains back to the United States, and ensuring that the United States, not the Chinese Communist Party, “dictates the future of the world.

“Companies that leave the United States, that create jobs in China, and other countries that have been extorting us for years should not be encouraged; they should pay tariffs, fines, and be punished,” he said. He said.

Trump also criticized the Biden administration at CPAC for not being tough enough on the Chinese Communist Party, saying, “That’s what the Biden administration has done, that’s what the Biden administration has done. But, of course, as you know, they have a very close personal relationship with the Chinese. So I don’t anticipate that much will happen. It’s unfortunate, because this (the Chinese Communist Party) is really a threat. It’s a huge economic threat.”

The first U.S.-China Diplomatic Security Dialogue under the Trump administration was held on June 21, 2017, in Washington, DC, co-chaired by then-U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, and then-Chinese Communist Party State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and attended by Fang Fenghui, then a member of the CPC Military Commission and Chief of Staff of the Joint Staff Department of the Central Military Commission.

Previously on April 6 and 7, 2017, Trump met with Xi at his Sea Lake estate in Florida.

On Friday (March 12), Sullivan revealed that the meeting would see the U.S. side raise concerns about Hong Kong, security risks related to technology and other aspects. Sullivan announced that he and Blinken will broadly communicate “how the United States intends to move forward at the strategic level. He said they will also directly confront their Chinese counterparts on China issues, including the mass detention of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which Blinken has declared a genocide, and Beijing‘s crackdown on Hong Kong activists.

The meeting will be an opportunity to understand the future direction of U.S.-China relations and a test of the Biden administration’s assertiveness toward Chinese Communist Party policy.