White House National Security Adviser Jack Sullivan met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi over the weekend. This is reported by Reuters based on US sources. Thus, it appears that the world’s two largest economies have taken another step towards improved relations.
The meeting between Sullivan and Wang is another in a series of political meetings between the US and China that could lay the groundwork for a meeting between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping later this year. In May of this year, Sullivan and Wang met in Vienna.
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Biden was disappointed that Xi missed the G20 summit in India, but expressed hope to meet his Chinese counterpart. The two leaders last met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali in 2022. The two are likely to speak during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit to be held in San Francisco in November.
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US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and Secretary of State Janet Yellen have also visited China this year to maintain ties between the two countries. This was necessary because the downing of a Chinese spy balloon over the United States caused internal tensions.
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