The interview lasted about five hours and Blinken rated it as useful and constructive. “Despite the complexity of our relations, I can say with some degree of confidence that the delegations find the discussion useful, frank and constructive,” the US minister said. He added that he expressed “deep concern” about Taiwan during the debate.
China considers the island state to be part of its territory and threatens it with military intervention in the event of a declaration of independence. However, Taiwan has operated de facto independently since 1949, has its own government and democratic establishment, and enjoys American support.
Blinken: Neutrality is hard when it comes to aggression
“Now we must all stand up, as one G20 member country after another has done, and condemn this aggression. Among other things, we must demand that Russia allow access to food blocked in Ukraine,” Blinken said, adding that he had yet to see any sign of cooperation from the Russian side. “If we don’t stand up to Russian aggression, then force will rule the world, and that’s not in anyone’s interest,” said the head of American diplomacy.
“Now we hear from Beijing that it is neutral. I would start by saying that it is difficult to be neutral when it comes to aggression,” said Blinken.
According to him, Russia left the G20 meeting isolated and most of the participants spoke out against the war in Ukraine. “There was a lot of agreement, and Russia was left alone,” Blinken said. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov walked out of the meeting several times and the meeting ended without an agreement due to disputes between Russia and Western states.
Advantages for both sides, Beijing emphasizes
According to the statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry, an agreement was reached during the Sino-American meeting, which will make it possible to ease the strained relations. “The two sides have reached an agreement based on the principle of reciprocity and mutual benefits, which will enable the US-China working group to achieve further results,” Beijing said in a statement.
Wang said there was a need to maintain “normal exchanges” and work together to move relations in the right direction, according to the Kyodo news agency. According to him, “peaceful cooperation based on the principle of mutual benefit” corresponds to the interests of both nations.
The foreign ministers were to discuss other contentious points, such as China’s ambitions in the South China Sea, expanding influence in the Pacific, human rights and tariffs. “China and the United States are two important countries, it is important to maintain normal relations,” Wang stated before the meeting.
The meeting between Biden and Xi Jinping
The United States and China are becoming rivals in many areas. Saturday’s discussion, according to the Kyodo agency, will likely lay the groundwork for a possible meeting between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping. White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said in late June that they could be expected “over the next few weeks.”
According to high-ranking American diplomat Daniel Russell, who served in the administration of Barack Obama, the two leaders could meet in November at the G20 summit.
Biden last spoke with Xi in March via video call after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. At the time, Biden warned Xi Jinping of the consequences Beijing would face if it supported Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine.