'Dramatic' moment in fiery meeting between United States and China

Mr Antony Blinken speaks while facing Mr Yang Jiechi and Mr Wang Yi at the opening session of US-China talks in Anchorage

Blinken said China's actions threatened the worldwide order and human rights.

No agreements and no joint statements are expected to result from the meetings in snow-covered Anchorage, U.S. officials said, as the Biden administration hangs onto some of the hard-line China policies implemented under President Donald Trump.

"The United States itself does not represent global public opinion, and neither does the Western world", Yang said, bashing the USA for creating "turmoil and instability" with military interventions in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan and "obstacles for normal trade activities" with Trump's tariffs.

Early in Trump's presidency, the White House and Pentagon laid out a decisive shift in USA military strategy away from the War on Terror and toward "inter-state strategic competition" with Russian Federation and China.

He pointed out that China has always been an important force in maintaining world peace and promoting common development, with established partnerships with 112 countries and global organizations, participated in more than 100 intergovernmental worldwide organizations, signed more than 500 multilateral treaties, and dispatched the largest number of peacekeeping troops among the permanent members of the Security Council.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan amplified the criticism, saying China has undertaken an "assault on basic values".

The Captain Cook Hotel is pictured in Anchorage, Alaska, where talks are underway between us and Chinese delegations.

The official said this was made clear by Jiechi "promptly violating protocol" with a long opening statment instead of a previously agreed upon short two-minute speech.

"The Chinese delegation [.] seems to have arrived intent on grandstanding, focused on public theatrics and dramatics over substance", the official told reporters at the Anchorage hotel where the meeting was taking place.

Furthermore, much of the messaging had been for domestic audiences, he added.

The Chinese side has responded solemnly to "unreasonable attacks" made by the USA side at the beginning of the bilateral high-level strategic dialogue in Anchorage, Alaska, an official with the Chinese delegation said on Friday.


Still, the two sides reconvened for another meeting on Thursday evening, and a senior Biden administration official said that the first session was "substantive, serious, and direct", running well beyond the two hours originally allotted.

Relations between the US and China were tense under the Trump administration.

Trump had taken pride in forging what he saw as a strong relationship with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

"We have expressed our staunch opposition to such interference, and we will take firm actions in response", Yang warned.

"We will.discuss our deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang (against ethnic minorities), Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyberattacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies", U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Alaska, Reuters said.

China comes with a different agenda that has little overlap with Washington's, a sign of how far apart the two sides are and how hard it will be to fix the relationship.

Even the status of the meeting has become a sticking point, with China insisting it is a "strategic dialogue", harkening back to bilateral mechanisms of years past. "The U.S. side proposed to hold this high-level strategic dialogue, which we think is meaningful", the ministry told The Wall Street Journal.

Adding to tensions, China on Friday tried a Canadian citizen on espionage charges, in a case embroiled in a wider diplomatic spat between Washington and Beijing.

"We believe that it is important for the United States to change its own image and to stop advancing its own democracy in the rest of the world", he said. Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin called out China's actions against USA allies during that trip as well.

"We're expecting much of these conversations will be pretty, pretty tough", a senior United States administration official told reporters in Alaska before the meeting began.

"Neither side benefits from this meeting being judged a total failure", Glaser said.

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