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US and China officials publicly rebuke each other in first in-person talks of Biden era

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The United States and China publicly rebuked each other in the first face-to-face talks between senior officials from the two countries since Joe Biden took office.

Representatives from the two countries met in Alaska where a highly unusual extended back-and-forth in front of the cameras took place when US secretary of state Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan opened their meeting with China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi. Blinken pointed out “deep concerns” over China’s actions relating to “Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion of our allies”. Yang responded with a 15-minute speech in Chinese lashing out at what he called a struggling democracy in the US, poor treatment of minorities and foreign and trade policies.

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