Another meeting took place between China and the United States. During the meeting, the Chinese side conveyed the message that “the US should correct its strategic perception of China” and that “they are against defining bilateral relations by competition”.
According to Chinese agency Shinhua, Yang Jieçı, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan discussed regional and global security issues as well as the state of bilateral relations.
During the 4.5-hour meeting, the two senior officials exchanged views on military movements in the Taiwan Strait, China’s veto of United Nations (UN) sanctions against North Korea and the Ukraine War.
It was noteworthy that the meeting coincided with the recent escalation of rivalry between the two great powers and the intensification of Washington’s diplomatic moves in the region.
“For some time, the US has persisted in its attempts to contain and suppress China from all sides.”
In May, US President Joe Biden hosted the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in his country, visited Japan and South Korea, and announced the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) proposal aimed at balancing China’s economic influence in the region. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered speeches on May 26 and Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin on June 11 outlining Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy.
In his meeting with Sullivan, Yang emphasized that they oppose the “strategic rivalry with China” approach that the United States emphasizes in these initiatives and said, “The US side has been insisting on its attempts to contain and suppress China from all sides for some time. This approach does not solve problems and puts China-US relations in a difficult situation. This is neither in the interests of both sides nor other countries.”
“China is firmly against defining bilateral relations in terms of competition”
Stating that relations should be built on the principles of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation, Yang said, “The US side should correct its strategic perception of China. China is strongly opposed to defining bilateral relations in terms of competition.”
Yang and Sullivian met in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 10 last year, in Zurich, Switzerland, on October 6, and in Rome, Italy, on March 14 this year.