As that was unfolding, on Thursday in Alaska, China’s prime two diplomats reacted in related vogue to criticism from Blinken and Sullivan about Beijing’s human rights file within the western Xinjiang area and Tibet and its aggressive actions in Hong Kong, Taiwan and the South China Sea.
Communist Party overseas coverage chief Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi accused the U.S. of hypocrisy for condemning China whereas on the identical time grappling with its personal inside points, together with violence towards Asian Americans and different folks of coloration and political unrest following the 2020 presidential election.
Blinken and Sullivan took umbrage at these feedback and replied that the U.S. was not good however sought to overtly and actually deal with such issues. Sullivan mentioned Americans’ willingness to confront their shortcomings was the “secret sauce” of U.S. success.
And, they sought to reframe U.S.-China relations within the context of the Biden administration’s resolve to right these points, strengthen the U.S. economic system and enhance ties with democratic allies in Asia such as Australia, Japan and South Korea.
Blinken, having simply completed a visit to Japan and South Korea with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, made clear to the Chinese that the U.S. is aligned with its allies.
“I have to tell you, what I’m hearing is very different from what you described,” he instructed Wang and Yang. “I’m hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we’re re-engaged with our allies and partners. I’m also hearing deep concern about some of the actions your government has taken.”