Wendy Sherman, US Deputy Secretary of State, met with her Chinese counterpart Xie Feng. The first visit of a senior US diplomat led by Joe Biden to China did not go well. After the meeting, both countries returned angry.
Sherman’s visit to Beijing was aimed at reviving relations. Foreign commentator Bernard Hammelburg talks about A “strong bungee” among diplomats. They sat together for a long time and discussed many topics. Came the full list of complaints, which we now know very well. Uyghur treatment, knowledge theft, cyber attacks. Wendy Sherman talked a lot with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, but times have changed. The Chinese are accustomed to silence and caution. That had completely disappeared under President Xi. China now wonders where America has the courage to talk about human rights.
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The future between countries
According to Hammelburg, there are a few things to keep in mind. “In October there will be a G20 meeting. It is expected that President Xi and President Biden will meet there. At least that is what is being hinted at in China. The second thing to pay attention to is the fact that these are the largest trading partners in the world. China and the United States can fight each other, but you also need each other, because trade is uncountable.
Hammelburg believes that Europeans do not like the current dialect between Europe and China at all. Europe is looking for ways to have a better dialogue with China and does not want to follow in the footsteps of the United States. The tone has changed under Trump, but the tone has not changed since Biden.”
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