US President Joe Biden on Monday expressed his belief that US-China relations are on the right track and noted that a rare visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China made progress.
Commenting on US-China relations, Biden said, “We’re on the right track”.
In response to a question from reporters if he felt progress had been made, he answered, “Yes”.
Biden also praised Blinken and said he “did an amazing job”.
China and the United States agreed on Monday to stabilize their heated rivalry so that it does not turn into conflict, but they failed to reach any major breakthrough.
China and the United States agreed on Monday, to stabilize their fierce rivalry so that it doesn’t turn into a conflict, but they failed to make any major breakthrough during a rare visit by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to Beijing.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomed the progress after shaking hands with Blinken in the Great Hall of the People, a large hall usually reserved for heads of state.
Blinken and Xi stressed the importance of having more stable relations between the two countries, as any conflict between the two largest economies in the world would lead to global unrest.
However, China refused to consider Washington’s offer to resume military communication channels and indicated that US sanctions are the obstacle to this step.
Each side appears to have stuck to its position on everything from Taiwan to trade, including US actions targeting China’s chip industry, human rights and the Russia-Ukraine war.
While the White House described the meeting as “a good step forward”.
White House spokeswoman Karen Jean-Pierre said Blinken’s public message was to stress the importance of maintaining open channels of communication to reduce risk.
During one of the most prominent contacts between the United States and China since President Joe Biden took office, it wasn’t clear how the two countries would overcome their differences, but they agreed to continue diplomatic contacts with more visits in the coming weeks and months.
During a press conference at the end of his two-day visit to Beijing, the first by a US Secretary of State since 2018, Blinken said that Washington achieved its goals from the visit, including raising its concerns directly, trying to open channels for dialogue, and exploring areas for cooperation.
The visit, which was scheduled for February, was postponed after a suspected Chinese spy balloon flew over US airspace.
However, the US secretary said the progress wasn’t immediate.
“Relationships were in a period of instability, and both sides recognized the need to work on stabilizing it,” Blinken said before leaving China.