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Latest US-China talks seen as ‘progression’ of plans for leaders’ summit


Latest US-China talks seen as ‘progression’ of plans for Xi Jinping and Joe Biden summit

Senior diplomats overseeing Asian affairs met in Washington on ThursdayAnalysts expect more discussions to pave the way for a Xi-Biden meetingUS-China relationsDewey SimPublished: 6:00am, 3 Oct, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Last week’s meeting between senior US and Chinese diplomats overseeing Asian affairs was likely part of ongoing discussions to prepare for a leaders’ summit, observers say.

China’s foreign vice-minister for Asia Sun Weidong met the US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Daniel Kritenbrink, in Washington on Thursday, with the US calling the talks “candid, in-depth and constructive”.

According to the US Department of State, the two diplomats exchanged views on regional matters including the Taiwan Strait and emphasised the importance of keeping communication channels open.

The Chinese foreign ministry said Sun stated Beijing’s position on issues including Washington’s Indo-Pacific strategy and the South China Sea. “Positive interaction between China and the United States in the Asia-Pacific is in line with the common interests of the two sides and is also the common aspiration of regional countries,” it said.

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