U.S. sanctions 24 Chinese, HK officials ahead of talks

U.S. sanctions 24 Chinese, HK officials ahead of talks

U.S. sanctions 24 Chinese, HK officials ahead of talks

Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi rebuked U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan during a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, citing the Black Lives Matter movement on U.S. human rights abuses.

Blinken said the U.S. will discuss "deep concerns with actions by China, including Xinjiang", "genocide" against Uyghur Muslims including dialogue on "Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyberattacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies". In response, Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi accused Washington of hypocrisy on human rights and other issues. "That's why they're not merely internal matters".

"My sense is that the administration is testing the question of whether it is possible to get real results from these dialogues", Zack Cooper, who researches China at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, said of the US side.

Foreign financial institutions that deal with the 24 officials would be subject to U.S. sanctions, the State Department said.

"The Chinese delegation. seems to have arrived intent on grandstanding, focused on public theatrics and dramatics over substance", the official told reporters in Alaska.

"The timing of those negative remarks is thought-provoking", Zhao said in a regular press briefing, as the highly anticipated in-person meeting between top diplomats of the world's top two economies is soon to take place on Thursday.

"Between our two countries we've had confrontation in the past, and the result did not serve the United States well", said Yang.

"America's approach will be undergirded by confidence in our dealing with Beijing - which we are doing from a position of strength - even as we have the humility to know that we are a country eternally striving to become a more flawless union", it said.

"It's good that we're opening up these channels of communication", a senior USA official told reporters during a briefing Tuesday night, with a second adding, "This is very much about sitting down, getting an understanding of each other, and then taking that back and taking stock".

"It was the USA side that. provoked the dispute in the first place, so the two sides had a strong smell of gunpowder and drama from the beginning in the opening remarks".

What is typically a few minutes of opening remarks in front of journalists for such high-level meetings lasted for more than an hour, and the two delegations tussled about when media would be ushered out of the room.

"When I entered this room, I should have reminded the US side of paying attention to its tone in our respective opening remarks, but I didn't", said Yang, according to a USA translation of his remarks in Chinese.

Just a day before the meeting, Blinken had announced new sanctions over Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong.

After tensions between the two sides soared during Donald Trump's presidency, two months into office, Biden has maintained a tough line on China.

"We have expressed our staunch opposition to such interference, and we will take firm actions in response".

On the eve of the talks, Beijing had presaged what would be a contentious meeting, with its ambassador to Washington saying the United States was full of illusions if it thinks China will compromise. But the relationship disintegrated after the coronavirus pandemic spread from the Wuhan province across the globe and unleashed a public health and economic disaster.

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