On Monday, Daniel Kritenbrink, assistant US secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, was probably the most senior US official confirmed to have visited China since tensions between Washington and Beijing soared with the capturing down of a Chinese language spy balloon over the US in early February.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on the time postponed a deliberate journey to China, and Beijing has since largely rebuffed makes an attempt at official exchanges, although two prime US and Chinese language protection officers briefly interacted at a discussion board in Singapore over the weekend.
China’s Overseas Ministry mentioned Kritenbrink and Vice Overseas Minister Ma Zhaoxu “had candid, constructive and fruitful communication on selling the development of China-US relations and correctly managing variations.”
Beijing mentioned it said its “solemn place on Taiwan” — a self-ruled island China claims as its territory to be annexed by pressure if vital — and different points, and that the 2 sides had agreed to take care of communication.
The US State Division additionally mentioned the 2 officers held “candid and productive discussions as a part of ongoing efforts to take care of open traces of communication and construct on latest high-level diplomacy between the 2 international locations.”
The US Navy complained Sunday about an “unsafe interplay” within the Taiwan Strait, after a Chinese language warship got here inside 150 yards (137 meters) of a US destroyer. In Could, a Chinese language fighter jet flew dangerously near a US reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea, the place Beijing shares overlapping territorial claims with different nations.
CIA Director William Burns reportedly took a secret journey final month to Beijing in one other signal the 2 sides are excited by restoring communication by means of varied channels.