Biden sends out national security adviser to China for diplomat meeting

Biden sends out White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan to meet face-to-face with China’s top diplomat in Switzerland on Wednesday. This comes while the Biden administration issues warnings over China’s aggressive military activity near Taiwan.

Sullivan is tasked to meet with highest ranking diplomat Yang Jiechi in Zurich to follow up on a September 9th call between President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping, said National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne in a Tuesday note.

The lengthy call between Biden and Xi discussed a range of issues and Sullivan will likely pass Yang on China’s provocations against Taiwan. It’s also possible that the meeting on Wednesday could pave way to ma meeting with Biden and Xi.

Tensions continues to persist on a number of fronts. U.S. Trade representative Katherine Tai said that she will begin direct consultations with her Chinese counterparts on U.S.-China trade relationship.

This comes days after the U.S. urged China to fully honor the trade pact signed by former President Donald Trump. Tai said she would voice concerns about issues beyond the 2020 agreement as China “pours billions of dollars into targeted industries and continues to shape the economy to the will of the state, in turn hurting interests of workers here in the US and around the world.”

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