‘Standtag’ in bands, while US and Chinese officials trade barbs
‘Standtag’ in bands, while US and Chinese officials trade barbs

‘Standtag’ in bands, while US and Chinese officials trade barbs

Neither side appeared willing to give up due to the negotiations.

Neither side appeared willing to give up due to the negotiations.

Talks between senior U.S. and Chinese officials in the city of Tianjin on July 26 underscored a “stalemate” in the relationship, officials said, as both sides traded barbs and demands with little prospect of either appearing willing to give up anything.

Chinese officials presented for the first time “two lists” with demands to the visiting US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, while the US side reiterated its concerns about Xinjiang, Hong Kong and other Chinese actions – concerns that Beijing has dismissed as “interference” in its internal affairs .

China’s Deputy Foreign Minister Xie Feng criticized US calls for a “rules-based international order” – calls also made by the US, India, Australia, Japan Quad Group – and described it as “an effort by the US and a few other Western countries to formulate their own rules” as international rules and impose them on other countries. ” the small, “the Chinese Foreign Ministry. quoted him to say.

China presented “two lists” during the negotiations, called “The List of US Mistakes to Stop” and “The List of Key Individual Issues Concerning China”
South China Morning Post reported. In the first, Beijing demanded that Washington “unconditionally revoke visa restrictions on members of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) and their families, revoke sanctions against Chinese leaders, officials and government agencies, and remove visa restrictions for Chinese students.” Beijing has also asked the United States to withdraw the extradition request for Chinese technology giant Huawei’s CFO Meng Wangzhou, also the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, who has been under house arrest in Canada pending extradition.

Downturn in relationships

While the Chinese side completely blamed the United States for the downturn in the relationship, with Mr Xie accusing the United States of “treating China as an imaginary enemy”, Sherman stressed the United States’ concerns “about a series of China actions that run counter to our values ​​and interests and the interests of our allies and partners, and that undermines the international rule-based order, ”Foreign Ministry spokesman Ned Price said in a statement.

“In particular, she raised our concerns about human rights, including Beijing’s anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong; the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang; aggression in Tibet; and curtailment of media access and freedom of the press, ”he said. “She also spoke about our concerns about Beijing’s behavior in cyberspace; across the Taiwan Strait; and in the East and South China Seas.” The Deputy Secretary also raised concerns “about China’s unwillingness to cooperate with the World Health Organization and allow a second phase investigation into China of the origin of COVID-19”.

She “also reaffirmed the importance of cooperation in areas of global interest, such as the climate crisis, the fight against drugs, non-proliferation and regional concerns, including the DPRK, Iran, Afghanistan and Burma,” the Foreign Ministry said.

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