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Blinken, Sullivan Set First Meeting With China Counterparts in Alaska

Blinken, Sullivan Set First Meeting With China Counterparts in Alaska
Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a welcome ceremony at the State Department in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 27, 2021. (Photo by CARLOS BARRIA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Wednesday, 10 March 2021 02:07 PM

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with top Chinese officials on March 18 during a stop in Alaska, the State Department said Wednesday, marking the first high-level in-person contact between the two countries under the Biden administration.

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will join the meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, with China's top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and State Councillor Wang Yi. The meeting will follow Blinken's first overseas trip to U.S. allies Japan, and South Korea.

The two sides will discuss "a range of issues," the department said in a statement without giving further details.

President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, held their first phone call as leaders last month, and appeared at odds on most issues, even as Xi warned that confrontation would be a "disaster" for both nations.

Blinken told Yang in a phone call earlier in February the United States would stand up for human rights and democratic values in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong.

Blinken also pressed China to condemn the military coup in Myanmar, and reaffirmed that Washington will work with allies to hold China accountable for efforts to threaten stability of Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait.

The meeting will come after the United States is due to hold its first ever leaders' meeting of the Quad group of countries, which includes the United States, India, Japan, and Australia, on Friday, as it looks to boost its diplomacy in Asia to counter China's growing influence. 

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