High-level US envoys will visit China to try to restore ties

WASHINGTON: The U.S. government is sending its first high-level delegation to China since Chinese leader Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden pledged last month to mend frayed relations.
Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kristenbrink will join Laura Rosenberger, senior director of the National Security Council for China and Taiwan, on the Dec. 11-14 trip.
The two will travel to China, South Korea and Japan.
In China, Kristenbrink will follow up on Biden’s meeting in Bali last month with Xi during which the couple pledged “to continue to responsibly manage the competition between our two countries and to explore potential areas of cooperation,” said said the State Department.
Kritenbrink will also prepare for Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China in early 2023, the first visit by the top US diplomat in four years, he added.
The United States and China are the two largest economies in the world, spend more than any other country on their armies, and are locked in fierce strategic competition.
During their meeting in Bali, the two leaders discussed contentious issues including the future of Taiwan, US restrictions on Chinese high-tech imports and steps China is taking to expand its influence around the world.
Biden left his meeting with Xi proclaiming there was no need for a new Cold War, while Xi told Biden the two countries ‘share more, not less, common interests’ .


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