Us diplomats and high level chinese to hold a meeting “constructive” in the midst of tensions


The us secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Wednesday in Hawaii, the top chinese diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in what Beijing has called ” a constructive dialogue “, in the middle of a drastic deterioration in ties between the rivals strategic, which are the two largest economies in the world. Countries are in disagreement over the management of the pandemic coronavirus, and the decision of China to impose a new security law in Hong Kong, the latest flare-ups for years of increasing tensions.

At the meeting, Pompeo has underlined “the need of relationships full of reciprocal between the two nations in the interactions, commercial, security, and diplomatic,” said the spokesperson of the us State department, Morgan Ortagus, in a press release.

“He also stressed the need for total transparency and sharing of information to combat the pandemic of COVID-19 current and prevent future outbreaks. ”

Beijing said that the two parties have agreed to continue their commitment.

“Both parties have clearly expressed positions of their respective countries and think that it is a constructive dialogue. The two parties have agreed to take measures to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries “, said the chinese news agency Xinhua.

The meeting in Honolulu began shortly after 9: 00 pm (19 h 00 GMT) and ended at 15: 50. (0150 GMT Thursday), said a senior State department official.

As the meeting began, the us president, Donald Trump has signed a law calling for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of muslim uighurs in the chinese province of Xinjiang.

In addition, the ministers of foreign Affairs of the G-7 countries, including Pompeo, have issued a statement calling on China not to give in to the laws of Hong Kong.

Pompeo has been vigorous in his criticism of Beijing and it was her first known contact with Yang since they have discussed the coronavirus by telephone on April 15. They had not met face-to-face since last year.

Tensions have also increased on the subject of North Korea, adjacent to China. The United States and China share concerns about the nuclear weapons program of the country.

The experts say that hit china-us relations have reached their lowest point for years, and in mid-may, Trump, who has entered into an agreement to put an end to a trade war is damaging because it was launched together with China, has gone so far as to suggest that it could break ties with Beijing.

The bill Trump has signed calls for sanctions against the chinese officials responsible for the oppression of muslim uighurs, including against one of the colleagues of Yang on the powerful Politburo of the chinese.

Trump has tempered this with a signature statement saying that some of the requirements of the draft law on sanctions could limit his constitutional authority as president to conduct diplomacy so that it is considered advisory and not mandatory.

While Trump and his administration have stepped up the rhetoric against China at the approach of the u.s. elections in November, his former national security adviser, John Bolton, said Wednesday that the president had sought the assistance of the chinese president Xi Jinping to win his re-election during a closing – meeting of June 2019 to the outside.

Accusations that Bolton is part of a book that the u.s. government has sued Tuesday to prevent publication, arguing that it contained classified information and compromise national security.

Trump has hit back at Bolton, calling him “a liar” in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. He told Fox News in a separate interview that Bolton had breached the law by including material of highly classified in the book.

Neither of the two parties presented the agenda for the talks in Hawaii, but diplomats and other sources said that the meeting had been requested by China.

The us trade representative Robert Lighthizer, also said at a hearing in Congress that the chinese authorities had repeatedly affirmed their commitment to buy more u.s. goods and services in the framework of a commercial agreement for phase 1 was signed in January and that approximately $ 10 billion of purchases had been registered up to now.

Lighthizer also said, when asked about the exports of products manufactured by the Uyghurs and other muslim groups in camps in China, that Washington “would strongly” american laws banning the import of goods made by forced labour.

Among its criticisms of China, Pompeo said he would have been able to prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths due to the global pandemic of sars coronavirus by being more transparent, and accused it of refusing to share information.

Trump has embarked on a process of elimination of the special treatment of the United States to Hong Kong in order to punish China for having restricted the freedoms there, but did not put an immediate end to the privileges which have helped the territory to remain a global financial centre.


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