The U.S. Administration is sending a senior diplomat, Wendy Sherman to China next week in a visit dubbed as the first critical step for a potential leadership summit between the two economic powers.
- Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will meet with Xie Feng, Chinese foreign vice-minister in Tianjin to discuss a potential meeting between Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State and Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi.
- Such a preliminary meeting is important in paving the way for additional engagement between President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- Sherman’s visit will present a rare chance for engagement preceding the next phase of Biden’s China policy.
- Biden will participate in a virtual meeting of the Apec Forum. It is uncertain whether there are plans for a discussion meeting with Xi at the meeting.
The intense rivalry between China and the United States has continued under President Biden, with escalating tensions over all trade relations and alleged human right violations in China.
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