Blinken to visit China following Biden-Xi talks: White House

AFP , Monday 14 Nov 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China early next year in a sign of easing tensions following talks between the two countries' presidents, US officials said.

Blinken and Biden
US President Joe Biden (R) sits next to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (L) during a trilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit in Phnom Penh on November 13, 2022. AFP


The White House, in a statement after talks between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping, said Blinken would travel to China "to follow up on their discussions".

A senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the two countries were working "to schedule a visit tentatively planned for early next year".

Blinken's visit would be the first by a US secretary of state since Mike Pompeo, who served under then-president Donald Trump, paid a brief visit in 2018.

Pompeo and Trump later became known for fierce denunciations of China, including over the Covid-19 pandemic.

Under Biden, climate envoy John Kerry is the only senior official to have visited, in part due to strict entry restrictions related to Covid.

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