The president of United States, Joe Biden and its Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping they will have an exchange in the “next few weeks”, A senior US official told reporters Monday on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Germany.
They “will have the opportunity to have an exchange over the course of the next two weeks”, indicated the adviser of National Security, Jake Sullivan.
The official assured that “competition does not imply confrontation”, at a time of tension between the two superpowers over the war in Ukraine, differences over Taiwan and various economic issues.
On the economic front, a batch of additional tariffs imposed by former President Donald Trump on Chinese imports of nearly 34 billion dollars expires on July 6.
In the last weeks, Biden stated that he has not yet decided whether or not he is going to maintain these tariffs of retaliation imposed at the height of the trade war, accusing China of unfair trade practices.
Within his government there is no consensus. Some voices advocate eliminating tariffs in the fight against inflation and others indicate that it would be a mistake for the United States to dispense with a trade negotiation lever against China, which is increasingly ambitious on the industrial and technological front.
The new strategic concept to be approved at the NATO summit to be held in Madrid on Wednesday and Thursday will address the growing threats posed by Russia and, for the first time, Chinathe world’s second largest economy, US officials said last week.
NATO’s first new strategy concept in a decade will for the first time cite China as a concern, but member states remain at odds over how to describe the country with the world’s largest military and its relationship with Russia, according to NATO diplomats. alliance.
Both the G7 summit of rich industrial democracies in Germany and the subsequent NATO summit will address China’s deepening ties with Russia following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, and what is seen as the growing China’s inclination to flex its geopolitical muscle and coercive economic power abroad.
A White House official expressed confidence Sunday that the document would include “strong” language on China, but said negotiations continue ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid on June 29-30.
NATO diplomats said the United States and Britain have pushed for stronger language to reflect what they see as China’s growing military ambitions and concerns that it could attack Taiwan, which Beijing considers its own territory.
France and Germany – given the significant European industrial investment in China – are in favor of more measured references, said diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity, since the document is still being finalized.
One diplomat said a compromise was being outlined under which China would be described as a “systemic challenger” while including balanced language referring to a “willingness to work on areas of common interest” with Beijing.
NATO officials are rushing to complete the strategic concept in time for the Madrid summit, at which the Russian invasion of Ukraine will take center stage.
London recently adopted language that describes Moscow as an “acute and direct threat” and Beijing as a “strategic challenge.”
The Pentagon’s latest annual report to the US Congress underscored the importance of “meeting the pace challenge posed by the PRC’s increasingly capable military and its global ambitions.”
(With information from AFP and Reuters)
The G-7 approved new sanctions against Russia for the invasion and promised unlimited support to Ukraine
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