US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping are expected to hold talks in the coming weeks, amid tensions over Taiwan, Russia, and security issues in the Indo-Pacific region.
“With regard to President Xi and President Biden, we expect that they will have an opportunity to speak in the weeks ahead, and I can’t talk to what may happen in the fall,” Blinken told reporters.
Moreover, Blinken stressed that the United States (US) is committed to working with the countries of the Indo-Pacific region to ensure freedom and openness for all countries there, referring to a new economic framework proposed by the United States, during the meeting of the leaders of the Quartet Security Dialogue (the United States – Australia – Japan – India) last May, which aims to accelerate and develop the local economies of the countries of the region.
“It means that people, goods, and investments can flow and move freely (between countries in the region), and it also means that countries will be able to make their own decisions and policies about their future without coercion from any other country,” Blinken explained.
Blinken spoke of other sources of tension in US-China relations, including the Russia-Ukraine war and the situation in Myanmar.