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US Secretary of State Blinken has visited China

US Secretary of State Blinken has visited China

The U.S. and China have been trying to loosen and stabilize their ties for months — and now U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken wants to visit Shanghai and Beijing next week. A senior US State Department official in Washington said the talks, to be held from Wednesday to Friday, are aimed at improving communication and reducing the risk of misjudgments and conflicts. Blinken will also speak out on issues of concern to the US, such as the human rights situation in China, “unfair economic and trade practices” or the People's Republic's support for Russia's defense sector.

Signs between the US and China point to a detente. In November, US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met in the US state of California after a year of complete radio silence. Discussions continued between members of the two governments at the highest level. Earlier this month, US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen traveled to China to meet with representatives of US companies and the Chinese government. “We are in a very different situation than a year ago when bilateral relations are at an all-time high,” the official said.