How Secretary Blinken is tackling the China relationship (and others in the region)

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently concluded his China visit, where he met with the country’s leader, Xi Jinping, and held “candid, substantive, and constructive” talks.

Who is Blinken?: Antony Blinken is a key figure in the Biden administration, focusing on rebuilding alliances across the globe to counter China and uphold international norms.
* Blinken has been working closely with President Joe Biden since his time in the Senate and has an extensive history in foreign affairs.

Significance of China visit: Amid trade and geopolitical competition, Blinken’s trip to China was the first visit by a high-level Biden administration official.
* The trip had initially been scheduled for February but was delayed due to the incident involving a Chinese spy balloon.

Key issues discussed: Blinken raised the possibility of resuming military-to-military cooperation and addressed the sensitive topic of Taiwan.
* China has not yet agreed to resume military cooperation with the US, and Blinken emphasized the importance of managing the “challenge” of Taiwan cooperatively.

What’s next?: Talks between the two largest economies will continue, with Blinken inviting China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang to visit Washington.
* The leaders of the US and China are expected to meet in person at the G20 summit in India and at APEC in San Francisco later this year.

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