The United States confirmed that the Chinese foreign minister will pay a visit to Washington

Antony Blinken and Qin Gang, at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing (Reuters) (LEAH MILLIS /)

He Chinese regime chancellor accepted the invitation to visit Washington after “constructive” conversations this Sunday in Beijing with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinkenthe State Department said.

Blinken invited the minister qin gang and “agreed to schedule a reciprocal visit at a mutually suitable timesaid US State Department spokesman Matt Miller.

The meeting in Beijing between the foreign ministers concluded this Sunday after 8:00 p.m. local time (12 GMT) after last for five and a half hoursreported journalists from Chinese state media who attended the meeting.

After the conversations, both officials shared “a working dinner,” according to some Chinese state media reporters on their social networks.

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After the start of the meeting, the chief spokeswoman of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Hua Chunying, expressed on the social network Twitter her hope that Blinken’s visit “redirects the relationship between China and the United States back to what the two presidents agreed in Bali (Indonesia)”, where the leaders of the two countries, Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, met during a G-20 summit last November.

The official Chinese media predicted that “economic cooperation, the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Taiwan question and the preparation of the next high-level meetings” would be some of the main topics of the meeting.

Blinken arrived in the local morning of this Sunday in Beijing, becoming the highest-ranking US official to visit China since Biden began his term in 2021.

The trip comes after he postponed plans to visit China in February following the downing of a Chinese spy balloon over the United States.

Qin and Blinken had exchanged reproaches this Wednesday during a telephone conversation that marked the first high-level bilateral contact in months and in which Qin asked the United States to cease its efforts to harm sovereign security interests and Blinken urged the minister Chinese to “keep the lines of communication open” to avoid a conflict between the two powers.

The list of disagreements and possible reasons for conflict between the powers is long.: ranges from trade with Taiwan to human rights in China, via Hong Kong, Chinese military activity in the South China Sea and Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Officials in Washington said Friday before Blinken’s departure that the diplomat will raise each of those issues, though neither side has been willing to budge on their positions.

Shortly before leaving, Blinken stressed the importance of the two countries creating and maintaining better lines of communication. The United States wants to make sure “that the competition we have with China doesn’t turn into conflict” because of preventable misunderstandings, he told reporters.

Biden and Xi had pledged to improve communication “precisely to make sure that we communicate as clearly as possible to avoid misunderstandings and miscommunication,” Blinken declared on Friday.

Xi hinted at a possible willingness to de-escalate tensions when he said during a meeting with Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates on Friday that the United States and China can cooperate for “the benefit of our two countries.”

“It seems to me that the peoples form the basis of Sino-US relations,” Xi told Gates. “In the midst of the current global context, we can carry out various activities that benefit our two countries, the peoples of our countries, and the entire human race.”

(With information from AFP, EFE, AP)

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