CNBC: First U.S.-China meeting under Biden gets off to a rocky start
* The first high-level gathering of U.S. and Chinese officials under President Joe Biden kicked off with an exchange of insults at a pre-meeting press event Thursday, according to NBC News. * The two-day talks are set to conclude Friday.
BEIJING — The first high-level gathering of U.S. and Chinese officials under President Joe Biden kicked off with an exchange of insults at a pre-meeting press event Thursday.
A planned four-minute photo session for the officials to address reporters ended up lasting one hour and 15 minutes due to a frothy exchange, NBC said. Both the Chinese and U.S. side kept calling the reporters back into the room so they could add remarks.
Expectations were already low for the meeting in Alaska with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party.
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WNU Editor: WOW! A planned four-minute photo session for the officials to address reporters ending up lasting one hour and 15 minutes because reporters were always being called in so that more remarks can go on the record.
These talks are going to go nowhere. Or to put it more bluntly. These talks are turning into a disaster.
For these talks to go anywhere the leaders of both China and the U.S. are the ones who are suppose to be talking in this room in Alaska, not their subordinates. But it was the Americans who set conditions for these talks. No direct Xi-Biden talks. And this is what we now have.
I read earlier this week that White House officials were overjoyed that the Chinese had agreed to their condition of having this first meeting take place on U.S. soil. That by this act the Americans had placed the Chinese in a "subservient position" …. to look weak by accepting the US demand to meet on US soil instead of some other neutral nation.
My take is different, and it is based on dealing with the Chinese for over 3 decades and knowing too well on how the Chinese handle difficult diplomatic situations like this one.
I am willing to bet that the Chinese made a calculation that these talks were going to go nowhere. Maybe even a complete breakdown as we have witnessed this week between the U.S. and Russia.
If the worst case scenario does play out tonight and tomorrow, and it looks like it will, I can now see the Chinese going home satisfied that this disaster did not happen on Chinese soil. Appearance and face is everything for the Chinese, and the Chinese never want diplomatic failures to happen on their home soil.
And here is my prediction.
The next time there is a major summit/meeting between China and the U.S. it will be on Chinese soil and on their conditions. And the outcome will be different.
More News On the U.S. – China Summit In Alaska
US, China spar in first face-to-face meeting under Biden — AP
Top American, Chinese diplomats clash publicly at start of first talks of Biden presidency — Reuters
Tensions flare, on camera, at first US-China summit of Biden presidency — France 24
US and China trade angry barbs at high-level Alaska talks — BBC
US and China trade barbs as Alaska talks kick off — DW
China and U.S. open Alaska meeting with undiplomatic war of words — Politico
US and China spar at outset of first meeting in Alaska — The Hill
US and China trade barbs after Blinken warns of need to respect global order or face a 'more violent world' — CNNOriginal Article
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