At meeting, US and China accuse themselves of undermining global order

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The first high-level meeting between representatives of USA and yes China after the inauguration of Joe Biden, it began on Thursday, 18, with mutual accusations, rarely made by the two sides face to face, of abuse of economic and military power and undue interference in internal affairs of the other party. The two sides used harsh language, which suggests little improvement in bilateral dialogue in relation to the Donald Trump administration.

In the opening statements of the meeting in front of the press, Secretary of State Antony Blinken accused China of “threatening the rule-based order that maintains global stability”, citing “coercion” with US allied countries and a “concern” profound “with Beijing’s actions in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He further pointed out Beijing as responsible for cyber attacks against the United States.

“The alternative to a rule-based order is a world in which strength is rewarded and winners take everything. And that would mean a much more violent and unstable world for all of us,” said Blinken. Speaking of his recent trips to Japan and South Korea earlier this week, he said he heard from officials in these countries “deep concerns” about Chinese actions in Asia.

The other US representative, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, opted for a less aggressive tone: “We are not after conflicts, but we are open to tough competition, and we will always defend our principles, for our people and our friends “, he declared.