US Blinken says China is acting aggressively and repressively in Asia

US Blinken says China is acting aggressively and repressively in Asia”

USA officials say the meeting is a way to present American complaints about Chinese actions, such as its curtailing of freedoms in Hong Kong, naval expansion in the South China Sea, economic pressure on US allies, intellectual-property violations and cybersecurity incursions.

The ministers also reaffirmed their commitment to work for the denuclearization of North Korea, and address the North's violations of human rights.

China comes with a different agenda that has little overlap with Washington's, a sign of how far apart the two sides are and how hard it will be to fix the relationship. But U.S. officials have also sought to stress areas of potential cooperation, including on climate change and nuclear nonproliferation.

The White House has set low expectations for the meeting.

China's broad agenda reflects a greater confidence by Beijing, which in the past has used high-level meetings mainly to react to US initiatives. He said he felt helpless at being unable to do more for his compatriots.

With no end to the military's crackdown in sight, countries such as the United States and Britain have imposed sanctions on members of the junta. Beijing has retaliated in kind, hitting American entities and individuals with similar penalties.

Blinken said he discussed the Taiwan situation with Japanese counterparts.

"This really is a one-off meeting".

Beijing also may not expect any concrete results, said Mr. Russel, the former Obama official, who is now vice president at the Asia Society Policy Institute, a think tank.

The pair will visit Seoul later Wednesday for talks with South Korean counterparts.

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The Foreign Ministry in Beijing last week said the U.S. Jiang Duan, a counselor at the Chinese mission in Geneva, voiced the criticism at the end of an examination of the USA rights record at the U.N. Human Rights Council. It didn't elaborate further, but said, "We hope that the two sides can have a candid dialogue on issues of mutual concern". The official briefed reporters ahead of the meeting on the condition of anonymity. Xi and Biden, the people with knowledge of Beijing's plans said.

In a joint statement after the meeting, Blinken pledged that the Biden administration will "push back, if necessary, when China uses coercion and aggression to get its way". He will be the first foreign leader to do so since Biden became president.

Chinese officials indicate that there is no room for compromise on sovereignty issues involving Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Alaska will be Mr Blinken's last stop on his inaugural foreign trip after becoming USA secretary of state, travelling this week with U.S. defence secretary Lloyd Austin to meet with their counterparts in Tokyo and Seoul.

It could also help China get recognition for its homegrown vaccines. "And that certain requests are made, and maybe stronger requests are made of countries in order to receive the vaccines", he said. China's economy has withstood a trade war with the Trump administration and has been rebounding strongly, helped by its early headway in reining in coronavirus infections. The statement referred to the treaty article that stipulates the obliged to defend Japan should its territories come under attack.

Austin said the allies need to develop operational abilities to answer quickly a security threat from China and other nations.

China has lodged solemn representations to both US and Japan over comments on China in a recent joint declaration, said the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian, adding that China strongly opposes such severe violation of its internal affairs.

"It's important for us to make clear together that China can not expect to act with impunity", he said.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry announced in February that it had provided or planned to provide vaccine assistance to 53 countries and export to 27 countries.

Since February, the Biden administration has attempted to contact Pyongyang through several diplomatic channels but has not received any response, according to an unnamed USA official who spoke with the Reuters News Agency.

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