Sullivan’s meeting with Yang came after a phone call last month ahead of Biden’s first visit to Asia
. The White House has held a number of engagements over the past weeks to demonstrate its commitment to the Asia-Pacific
, including hosting Southeast Asian leaders at the White House
Those steps have been viewed as an attempt to counter China’s influence in the region, which has been a primary driver of Biden’s focus on Asia.
“Mnr. Sullivan underscored the importance of maintaining open lines of communication to manage competition between our two countries,” the White House said in a readout of Monday’s meeting.
Previous meetings between Sullivan and Yang have preceded phone calls between Biden and Xi
, who have yet to meet in person since Biden took office
. They last spoke in March vir 110 minutes when Biden sought to dissuade Xi from providing support to Russia in its war in Ukraine
That issue was discussed in Luxembourg on Monday, along with recent provocations from North Korea and the detention of Americans in China. Sullivan said Americans subject to exit bans were a “personal priority” for Biden and him.
He also voiced concern about China’s recent veto of a resolution at the United Nations Security Council related to North Korea. And he underscored “the importance of maintaining open lines of communication at all levels.”
The US goal in engaging China is “ensuring that each side understand one another’s intentions, understands priorities,” het die amptenaar gesê. “This is critical to avoiding potential miscommunication, misinterpretation, reducing risk. All these things I think are critical for, jy weet, managing the relationship in a healthy and responsible way.”