“I hope that Secretary Blinken can make useful contributions through this visit to stabilizing China-US relations,” says Xi. On June 19, 2023, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. While hosting US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for meetings in Beijing, President Xi Jinping said that the two countries had “made progress” on a number of subjects. According to Chinese state media and US officials, Xi, China’s most powerful leader in decades, met Blinken at the capital’s Great Hall of the People.
The Chinese side has made our position clear, and the top US official and I have decided to carry out the consensus President Biden and I established in Bali. Without going into further detail, he added, “Two sides have also made progress and established agreement on several specific topics. “I hope that Secretary Blinken can make useful contributions through this visit to stabilizing China-US relations,” he continued. A decision must be made between cooperation and conflict, or between conversation and confrontation, he stated. We need to find a proper way for China and the United States to get along, Wang continued. “We must reverse the downward spiral of China-US relations, push for a return to a healthy and stable track, and work together to achieve this.” Miller, alluding to the People’s Republic of China, said Blinken “underscored the importance of responsibly managing the competition between the United States and the PRC through open channels of communication to ensure competition does not veer into conflict”. ‘’’Quarrelling lovers’ US officials have expressed concerns that China will attempt to annex Taiwan in the upcoming years and argue that Washington’s arms deliveries to the island are simply intended to maintain the status quo.
In conclusion, the tensions between China and the United States have escalated significantly, driven by contentious matters including trade, technology, and Taiwan. Presidents Joe Biden and Donald Trump have both recognized Beijing as a major threat to the long-term global dominance of the United States. The cancellation of Blinken’s planned trip following the detection and elimination of a Chinese spy balloon hovering over the US mainland further intensified the strained relationship. Under President Biden’s administration, the tough stance on China inherited from his predecessor has persisted, with additional measures such as the ban on exporting advanced semiconductors to China. The future trajectory of this complex and challenging relationship remains uncertain, requiring continued diplomatic efforts to address the underlying issues and find common ground for cooperation.
Research Associate, Pakistan House