The secretary of State, Mike Pompeo met the Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii, on Wednesday, in what the state media Chinese said was a constructive exchange of views.
The meeting comes at a time of the rapid deterioration in relations between Washington and Beijing on a range of issues, including human rights, Hong Kong and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neither the UNITED states nor China has publicly announced the meeting in advance and it was not immediately which side had proposed, stressing the tension and mistrust that now affects the links between the world. 1 and no. 2 economies.
Pompeo has been an outspoken critic of China, of the Communist Party and its policies, and Beijing, for its part, has chosen him for the contempt, calling it irresponsible and a liar.
State department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus stated in a brief, three-sentence Pompeo emphasized the need for transparency and the exchange of information to combat the pandemic and prevent future outbreaks.
The Advantage of the administration has repeatedly blamed China for sparking the global coronavirus pandemic not to be open about the outbreak of the first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, and not acting quickly enough to stop it.
China has said that it has been open and transparent about the coronavirus, and has handled the situation responsibly.
Pompeo has also raised the need for a “fully reciprocal relations between the two nations on a commercial scale, security, and diplomatic interactions,” according to the press release.
China’s state news agency Xinhua has put a more positive meeting.
He said the two sides ” fully elaborated on their positions, believing that it was a constructive dialogue. “Yang and Pompeo agreed to maintain contact and communication, Xinhua reported.
In a separate statement, the Ministry of Foreign affairs, said Yang told Pompeo that the cooperation was the ” only right choice for China and the united States “.
“The Chinese side is devoted to working in concert with the united States to develop a relationship without conflict and without confrontation, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” he said.
Still, Yang pushed against Pompeo on several areas of recent frictions in the relationship, according to the Ministry of Foreign affairs.
He told Pompeo that Hong Kong affairs were an internal matter, and he urged the united States to respect the sovereignty of China, address of Hong Kong to the national security legislation objectively and fairly, and stop interfering in the territory of the interior.
China’s decision last month to unilaterally impose national security law in Hong Kong, the circumvention of the former British colony’s own parliament, has drawn much criticism from abroad.
Trump announced that his administration would begin to terminate the special considerations and policies of Hong Kong in retaliation for Beijing’s move, which the administration says restores China’s promise to allow Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy for 50 years after his return from Britain in 1997.
The Chinese ministry of foreign affairs has also said Yang has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with Trump’s signature, Wednesday, of the Uyghur human Rights Act Policy, saying that the UNITED states should stop engaging in what he called the double standards on the fight against terrorism.
The bill passed by the House and Senate in May, and could lead to sanctions against the Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslims from China’s far western region of Xinjiang.
The law says more than 1 million Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang have been subjected to mass surveillance and internment in the name of the fight against terrorism.