China Talks Were Challenging but ‘Candid,’ Blinken Says


“We certainly know and knew going in that there are a number of areas where we are fundamentally at odds, including China’s actions in Xinjiang, with regard to Hong Kong, Tibet, increasingly Taiwan. It’s no surprise that when we raise those issues clearly and directly, we got a defensive response. But we were also able to have a very candid conversation over these many hours on an expansive agenda on Iran, on North Korea, on Afghanistan, on climate. Our interests intersect. First, we wanted to share with them the significant concerns that we have about a number of the actions that China has taken and the behavior it’s exhibiting, concerns shared by our allies and partners, and we did that. We also wanted to lay out very clearly our own policies, priorities and worldview, and we did that, too.” “We expected to have tough and direct talks on a wide range of issues. And that’s exactly what we had. We had the opportunity to lay out our priorities and intentions and to hear from the Chinese side their priorities and intentions. We were cleareyed coming in, we’re cleareyed coming out, and we will go back to Washington to take stock of where we are. We’ll continue to consult with allies and partners on the way forward and of course, on issues ranging from Iran to Afghanistan through the normal diplomatic channels, we’ll continue to work with China going forward.”

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