During the first high-level talks in the United States between Joe Biden’s administration and China in Alaska, the two sides exchanged harsh accusations.
Chinese officials accused the United States of inciting other countries to “attack China,” while the U.S. delegation said the Chinese came to the talks “with the intention of demonstrating.”
Tensions in relations between the two superpowers are at their highest level in years.
The United States said the talks would raise controversial issues such as the treatment of Uighurs in Shincan.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan attended the tense meeting in Anchorage, while On the Chinese side, China’s top foreign policy official Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi attended.
Blinken said in his inaugural address that he “wants to discuss U.S. deep concerns about China’s actions in areas such as cyberattacks on Shincan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyberattacks on the United States and economic pressure on Washington’s allies.”
Blinken said, “Each of these acts threatens the rules-based order that ensures global stability.”
Yang accused Washington of using its military power and financial superiority to pressure other countries.
“The United States is using so-called national security concepts to prevent normal trade exchanges and to encourage some countries to attack China,” Yang said.
Arguing that human rights in the United States have plummeted, Yang stressed that black Americans are being “slaughtered.”
Responding to Yang, U.S. National Security Adviser Sullivan said Washington does not want a conflict with China, but added, “We will always adhere to our principles for our people and friends.”
The debate in front of the world’s media lasted more than an hour.
The U.S. delegation then accused China of violating its protocol of limiting the keynote speech of each previously agreed participant to two minutes.
A senior U.S. official said that “the Chinese delegation appears to have indated with the intention of not demonstrating. Instead of content, they focused on public demonstrations.”
He said the United States would continue the talks as planned, adding that “exaggerated diplomatic presentations often aim for domestic public opinion.”