Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit US

    Chinese Foreign Minister to Visit US
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    The Facts

    • Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the PRC's top diplomat, is scheduled to visit the US on Thursday to start a three-day visit and to meet with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

    • Wang’s visit will occur approximately three weeks before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in San Francisco, where there’s a chance Pres. Joe Biden could meet with Xi Jinping, Biden’s Chinese counterpart.


    The Spin

    Pro-China narrative

    It's wonderful that the US has tamped down its combative rhetoric and is pursuing a dialogue with China, which has never wanted anything other than peace between the countries. True cooperation, however, will only be achieved when the US puts its words and actions into alignment by no longer politicizing its trade policy, avoiding military threats against China, and abiding by the agreed-upon One China principle.

    Anti-China narrative

    The US has always sought a constructive relationship with China, but Beijing has often made this difficult with its actions in the South China Sea and Taiwan, its unbalanced trade policies, and its unhelpful relations with countries like Russia and Iran. But meeting face-to-face in both countries will be the best way to ease any tensions moving forward.

    Nerd narrative

    There’s a 15% chance that there will be a US-China war before 2035, according to the Metaculus prediction community.



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