I massimi funzionari di Biden si riuniranno con le controparti cinesi in Alaska

Two of the Biden administration’s top national security officials will sit down with their Chinese counterparts giovedi — un primo incontro fondamentale nel rapporto che il Segretario di Stato americano ha convocato “the biggest geopolitical test of the 21st century.

Secretary of State Tony Blinken, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, China’s foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi will convene in Anchorage, Alaska, for what US administration officials described asa broader strategic conversationabout the United Stateswide range of concerns about Chinese behavior, as well as areas of potential mutual interest.
The lead-up to the meeting sent a clear message: the US will not shift from the increasingly tough position on Beijing taken by the Trump administration, but Biden’s team has said it plans to apply those tougher standards more effectively by working closely with alliesand they’ll seek to do it without the internal divisions that plagued the Trump administration or the former President’s name-calling, which many analysts say undermined US-China policy in the past.
    Sometimes you heard one thing in public but seemed to see something differentcoming from elsewhere,” a senior administration official said of the Trump administration. “One of the things for us to also demonstrate here is a sense of coordination and sort of a unified approach, that it was not potentially the case in the last administration.
      The White House made clear that it was “importante” that the meeting happen on US soil, and senior administration officials stressed that the presence of both Blinken and Sullivan demonstrate a strong united front.
        This is a very deliberate and visual demonstration of that from the get-go that we think is really important for helping to inform and shape how China seeks to engage with us,” one senior official told reporters this week, aggiungendo quello “the games that China has played in the past to divide us or attempt to divide us are simply not going to work here.
        Blinken will arrive in Alaska after a high-profile trip to South Korea and Japan alongside US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. The top US diplomat used his visits to Seoul and Tokyo to emphasize US unity with its Asian allies. He also unveiled a swath of sanctions against Hong Kong and Chinese officials for their actions in Hong Kong, underscoring US impatience at Beijing’s increasing aggression.

          Russia and China set to meet next week

          The meeting comes as Russia and China announced their own bilateral gathering next week, a diplomatic show of force that highlights their growing cooperation. Moscow announced Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov would travel to South Korean to meet officials there as well.
          US officials have portrayed the Alaska meeting as a forum for airing their concerns directly with Chinese officials, “to demonstrate to our counterparts that there is no difference between what we say in public and what we say in private,” as Blinken said this week.
          It’s just important to make sure we understand each other, and in particular that our Chinese counterparts understand the concerns that we have, understand why so many countries are increasingly worried about the actions that China is taking, ancora, whether it’s with regard to human rights at home or some of its aggressive actions in the region,” he said in an interview with TV Asahi Wednesday.
          Those concerns range from China’s aggression in the South and East China Seas to its economic practices to its human rights abuses in Xinjiang, which the administration has said amounts to genocide.
          Thursday’s meeting is not expected to result inspecific negotiated deliverablesnor will there be a joint statement, the senior official said.
          This really is a one-off meeting,” ha detto il funzionario. “This is not the resumption of a particular dialogue mechanism or the beginning of a dialogue process.
          Blinken said last week that any potential follow-on meetingsreally have to be based on the proposition that we’re seeing tangible progress and tangible outcomes on the issues of concern to us with China.
          Beijing has been talking about its desire to change the tone of the relationship,” a second senior administration official told reporters.
          “Ed ovviamente, we’re going to be looking at deeds not words on that front, and we’re of course coming to these discussions with a very clear eyed view about the (People’s Republic of China)’s pretty poor track record of keeping its promises,” ha detto il funzionario.
          Blinken has called Chinathe biggest geopolitical test of the 21st centuryand President Joe Biden has vowed toout-competewith the country, but the administration has also said that they will work with China where it is in US interest to do so, on issues such a climate change.
          The Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday it accepted the proposal for the talks asa constructive gesture showing our sincerity towards resuming China-US dialogue and exchange and improving and developing China-US relations.
            tuttavia, spokesperson Zhao Lijian said that the US should not expect a change on the range of issues it considers to be internal matters.
            On issues that bear on China’s sovereignty, security and core interests, no one shall expect China to make any compromise or trade-offs,” Egli ha detto. “China is determined and resolute in safeguarding its core interests.

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