The first direct talks between Chinese and US officials since then Joe Biden He took office and plunged into a war of words on Friday, which intensified the troubled relations between the two countries.
The two sides exchanged harsh criticisms in an unusual public way at the Alaska meeting, where the United States accused the Chinese delegation of “grandeur” and Beijing They fired back, saying there was a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” that was completely the Americans’ fault.
The summit opened on Thursday, Anthony BlinkThe US Secretary of State said that the Biden administration is united with its allies in resisting Chinese tyranny.
In response, Yang Jiechi, head of foreign affairs of the Communist Party of China, accused Washington of hypocrisy on human rights and other issues.
Mr. Blinken said ChinaIts actions “threaten the rule-based order that maintains global stability,” and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said China launched an “attack on core values”.
Yang responded angrily, saying “there is no way to strangle China” and demanded that the United States stop pushing its own version of democracy at a time when the country itself was suffering from domestic discontent.
He also accused the United States of failing to deal with its own human rights problems and expressed his objection to what he said was “come on” from Mr. Blinken, Mr. Sullivan and other US officials.
“China will not accept unjustified accusations from the US side,” Yang said, adding that recent developments have pushed relations into “a period of unprecedented difficulties” that “harmed the interests of our people.”
Mr Blinken appeared to be annoyed by the tone and length of the comments, which had lasted more than 15 minutes.
He said his impressions from speaking with world leaders and on his just-concluded trip to Japan and South Korea were completely different from the Chinese position.
“I hear a deep satisfaction from that United State The US Secretary of State replied, “We are back, we are engrossed again.”
“I also hear a deep concern about some of the measures your government is taking.”
Emphasizing the hostility, the Foreign Ministry criticized the Chinese delegation for violating an agreed two-minute time limit for the opening statements and suggested that it “appears (edited) to have reached the intention to exaggerate, with an emphasis on public plays and plays over substance.”
“America’s approach will be supported by confidence in our dealings with Beijing – which we do from a position of strength – even when we have the humility to know that we are a country that forever strives to become a more perfect union,” the statement read.
Speaking later in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Legian said that Mr. Blinken and Mr. Sullivan had provoked Chinese officials to offer a “formal response” after US officials launched “baseless attacks” against China.
It was the American side that … sparked the controversy in the first place, so both sides had the strong smell of gunpowder and drama from the start in the opening remarks. “This was not the original intention of the Chinese side,” said Zhao.
The meetings in Anchorage were a new test for the relations between the two countries, which differ on a range of issues from trade to human rights in Tibet, Hong Kong and the Xinjiang region in western China, as well as about Taiwan and China’s persistence in China. The South China Sea and the Coronavirus Epidemic.
“We wanted to share with them the great concerns that we have about a number of actions that China has taken, and the behaviors that demonstrate concern, that our allies and partners share,” said Mr. Blinken after the meetings.
And we did. We also wanted to very clearly articulate our policies, priorities, and worldview. We did that too. “
In separate remarks, the Chinese Communist Party’s foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi said that dialogue is the only way to resolve differences, but also made it clear that Beijing has no intention of backing down on any issue.
China will safeguard our national sovereignty, our security and our interests for China’s development. It is an irreversible trend.
“We hope the United States will not underestimate China’s determination to defend its territory, protect its people and defend its good interests,” he said.
The Biden administration has yet to indicate whether it is ready or willing to backtrack on the hard-line stances it took under Donald Trump.
Just a day before the meeting, Mr. Blinken announced new sanctions due to Beijing’s crackdown on democracy advocates in Hong Kong.
In response, China escalated its rhetoric against US interference in internal affairs and complained about it directly.
“Is this a decision by the United States to try to gain some advantages in dealing with China?” State Councilor Wang Yi said.
“To be sure, this is a miscalculation and only reflects weakness and weakness within the United States and will not shake or resolve China’s position on these issues.”
Mr. Trump was proud to have forged what he saw as a strong relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
But the relationship unraveled after the coronavirus pandemic spread from Wuhan Province around the world and unleashed a health and economic disaster.
Additional reporting by agencies