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US-China Ties Stablising Despite Negative Actions From Washington

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he walks with U.S. President Joe Biden at Filoli estate on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, in Woodside, California, U.S., November 15, 2023. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

A Chinese foreign ministry official stated that relations between Beijing and Washington are stabilising, even though U.S. actions have negatively impacted Chinese interests. This comment was made in anticipation of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s upcoming visit. The official, who is the director-general of the foreign ministry’s department of North American and Oceanian affairs, emphasised the aim of stabilising and enhancing relations in a sustainable manner during Blinken’s visit.

But he said Chinese interests and its “bottom line” must be safeguarded, the state news agency Xinhua reported on Tuesday.

“The United States stubbornly promotes the strategy of containing China, continuously adopts erroneous words and actions that interfere in China’s internal affairs, smear China’s image, and harm China’s interests,” the official was quoted as saying.

During Blinken’s visit, China will focus on strengthening understanding and dialogue, managing differences and promoting mutually beneficial cooperation and shared responsibilities, the official added.

The trip will be Blinken’s first to China since June, when the United States was trying to restore high-level engagements after “spy balloon” incidents, and increased tensions around Taiwan were souring relations.

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Since then, friction has eased, but Blinken is expected to raise a number of concerns related to the South China Sea, the Russia-Ukraine war and the crisis in the Middle East, among others.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden recently held talks that touched on hot-button issues, most notably ongoing confrontations in the South China Sea, and peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.

Xi had said ties between China and the U.S. were beginning to stabilise, but that they could “slide into conflict or confrontation”, according to Xinhua.

With Inputs From Reuters