June 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Secretary of the United States Department of State, Antony Blinken, has arrived this Sunday in Beijing to reduce tensions between the United States and China.
Tensions between the two countries have been sparked mainly by US support for Taiwan and Chinese military maneuvers around the island in response, and recent speculation of spying attempts by China.
“Blinken is in the People’s Republic of China. Our relationship with China is one of the most complex and consequential. It is important that we maintain communication between our two countries,” Department spokesman Matthew Miller posted on his Twitter account.
The Secretary of State, who had previously met with his Chinese counterpart, Qin Gang, will address “matters of bilateral concern, global and regional issues, and potential cooperation on shared transnational challenges.”
The visit, which has been postponed for weeks due to controversy over the discovery and downing of a Chinese hot air balloon on US soil, is the highest level since then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited China in 2018.
For his part, US President Joe Biden said this Saturday that he hopes to be able to meet in the coming months with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, and has pointed out that the Chinese leaders do not seem to be aware of the details about the hot air balloon. Chinese shot down in the United States in February.