“Profound differences” remain between U.S. and China, Secretary Blinken says

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledges “profound differences” between the U.S. and China after his recent diplomatic talks in China.

Diplomatic talks: Blinken described the two days of discussions as “candid, substantive, and constructive,” but noted the relationship was “unstable” coming into the talks.
* He emphasized the importance of direct engagement and sustained communication between the two countries at senior levels.

Military-to-military contacts: Blinken revealed that China has not agreed to resume military cooperation with the U.S., despite the issue being raised during meetings.
* The secretary underscored the significance of these contacts to avoid unintentional conflicts and maintain stability in the region.

The challenge of Taiwan: Blinken stressed the importance of cooperatively managing Taiwan, given its substantial role in global trade and the potential economic consequences if a crisis were to arise.

Engaging with China: Blinken said it would be “irresponsible” not to engage with China, as consistent communication is key to avoiding misunderstandings and conflict, and promoting mutual interests.

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