WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China Feb. 5-6, Politico reported.
Blinken’s agenda is expected to include Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine, China’s nuclear arsenal and US citizens detained in China.
The newspaper reported, citing Washington-based diplomats familiar with Blinken’s travel plans, that the US secretary of state will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Beijing on February 5-6.
Blinken’s visit to Beijing follows US leader Joe Biden’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Indonesia in November 2022, during which Biden promised to “keep lines of communication open” with China. The trip will also test whether the meeting between the two presidents paved the way for more productive US-China relations at a time of tension.
December 26, 2022, 03:22 GMT
Relations between China and the United States have been strained since US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met with leaders in Taiwan. China, which claims Taiwan as part of China, called Pelosi’s visit in August “extremely dangerous”.
Tensions in the China Taiwan Strait and the South China Sea have increased since Pelosi’s trip.