Alaska talks: US & China exchange angry words

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

19th Mar, 2021. 01:03 pm
Alaska Talks US China

US and China indulged in a battle of words in the high-level talks in Alaska.

Talks involved Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan on the US Side. Whereas, China’s most senior foreign policy official, Yang Jiechi, and foreign minister Wang Yi were on the other side.

As per the details, Chinese officials have accused the US of inciting countries “to attack China”, while the US said China had “arrived intent on grandstanding”.

Mr. Blinken said in the opening statement that the US would “discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies”.

“Each of these actions threatens the rules-based order that maintains global stability,” he said.

On the other hand, Mr. Yang from China accused the US of using military power and financial supremacy to suppress other countries.

“It abuses so-called notions of national security to obstruct normal trade exchanges, and incite some countries to attack China,” he added.

Mr. Yang said human rights in the US were at a low point, with black Americans being “slaughtered”.

In response, Mr. Sullivan said that Washington did not seek a conflict with China, but added, “We will always stand up for our principles for our people, and our friends.”

After that, the US representatives at the Alaska talks blamed China for violating the agreed protocol of two minutes of opening remarks.

A senior administration official said, “The Chinese delegation… seems to have arrived intent on grandstanding, focused on public theatrics and dramatics over substance,”

The official said the US would continue with the talks as planned, adding that “exaggerated diplomatic presentations often are aimed at a domestic audience”.

On the contrary, Chinese officials said it had been the US, not China, that had violated protocol by exceeding the agreed time in opening remarks. They also accused the US of making a “groundless attack on China’s domestic and foreign policies”.

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