New Delhi: China on Monday accused the United States of unilaterally causing a “stalemate” in the bilateral relations as the two sides met for talks in Tianjin, China. Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng urged the US “to change its highly misguided mindset and dangerous policy,” the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Xie said that the relationship between the two countries at in a stalemate because some Americans see China as an “imagined enemy”, Xinhua reported.
Xie, who is in charge of the US-China relations, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi are meeting US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in a resort in Tianjin.
Sherman is the highest-ranking US official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office.
On Saturday, Wang had said that the US harbors a superior attitude and adopts pressure tactics on other countries.
“China would never accept any country that claims to be superior to others,” he told China’s Phoenix Television. “If the US has not learned to treat other countries equally, China and the international community have the responsibility to help the US learn how to do this.”
The Biden administration sees these talks as an attempt to keep high communications channels open and not as talks on specific issues between the countries.
Sherman also tweeted her condolences to the people who lost their lives in flood in China’s Henan province.
“As I travel to China today, I want to extend the United States’ heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the severe floods in Henan province. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy,” tweeted Sherman.
As I travel to China today, I want to extend the United States’ heartfelt condolences to those who have lost loved ones in the severe floods in Henan province. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy.
— Wendy R. Sherman (@DeputySecState) July 25, 2021
A possible meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to be on the agenda, possibly on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Rome at the end of October.
Her meetings follow an initial and highly contentious meeting in March in Anchorage, Alaska, where Wang and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi flew to meet Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.
John Kerry, the Biden administration’s special climate envoy, traveled to Shanghai for meetings with his Chinese counterpart in April.
With inputs from PTI