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In Bali, Blinken and Wang adopt a conciliatory tone


In a relationship as complex and important as the one between the United States and China, there are many things to discuss Mr. Blinken said, as he and Mr. Wang posed in front of the American and Chinese flags at a hotel in Bali, at the start of a morning of discussions followed by a working lunch. We look forward to a productive and constructive conversationhe added.

China and the United States are two big countries, so it is necessary for the two countries to maintain normal exchanges.replied Mr. Wang. We must work together to ensure that this relationship continues to progress on the right track.he added, calling on the mutual respect.

The meeting between the two officials, the first since October, comes after a meeting of G20 foreign ministers the day before in Bali.

As the West strives to isolate Russia after the invasion of Ukraine and the global economy is plagued by growing uncertainties, China and the United States have taken precautionary measures to prevent that their innumerable differences do not degenerate into uncontrollable conflict.

The United States will seek to do everything possible to prevent any miscalculation which could inadvertently lead to a conflictthe top American diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Kritenbrink, told reporters before the meeting.

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The meeting between Messrs. Wang and Blinken must also prepare a virtual meeting between Presidents Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in the coming weeks. Meetings between the two countries’ top defense, finance and national security officials have also taken place over the past two months.

For the Chinese state newspaper GlobalTimesknown for his criticism of the United States, the growing interaction between Beijing and Washington is a sign of a consensus of both parties to avoid an escalation.

But tensions remain high, especially over Taiwan. The United States is concerned about the growing military pressure from Beijing on the democratic island which it considers an integral part of its territory and which it has vowed to take back one day.

An American-made Taiwanese Air Force F-5F Tiger II fighter jet takes off for a flight demonstration.

An American-made Taiwanese Air Force F-5F Tiger II fighter jet. Under a long-standing policy, Washington is helping Taiwan build and strengthen its defenses without explicitly promising to come to its aid if ever attacked by Beijing.

Photo: AFP/Sam Yeh

And Joe Biden has largely retained the substance of his predecessor Donald Trump’s hard line on China.

But in a recent speech, Mr. Biden made it clear that the United States was not looking to trigger a new cold Wareven if he maintained his criticisms, in particular by accusing Beijing of genocide against the Uighur people, mainly Muslims.

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The Biden administration is expected to soon ease some of Trump’s tariffs on Chinese goods, which could dampen inflation, which has become a major political handicap in the United States.

US officials also expressed cautious optimism about China’s stance on Ukraine, condemning its rhetorical support for Russia but also noting that Beijing backed its words with no material support for Russia. Moscow.

What is striking is the measure and discretion with which China approached the Ukraine issue at the G20 on Friday, a Western official noted.

But US officials are well aware that any mini-honeymoon with China could be fleeting.

They expect Xi Jinping, China’s most powerful leader in decades, to reshuffle his foreign policy team at the Communist Party congress later this year.

But Craig Singleton, who tracks China at the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, expects Xi to again appoint technocrats who can work with Washington.

The reason is simple: China’s economy is facing considerable headwinds and Chinese policymakers seem keen to acknowledge that China’s aggressive rhetoric has backfired.he estimated.

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