US, Japan warn China on ‘coercion, destabilising behaviour’

US sanctions 24 officials over Beijing's crackdown on Hong Kong, hours before first face-to-face talks with China

US Sanctions 24 China and Hong Kong Officials Ahead of Talks

"Each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability, " Blinken said of China's actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and of cyber attacks on the United States and economic coercion against USA allies.

"A stable, prosperous Hong Kong that respects human rights, freedoms, and political pluralism serves the interests of Hong Kong, mainland China, and the broader worldwide community", he said.

Administration officials stressed that passage of the president's $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package was key in setting up the U.S.to compete with China economically and announcements on ramping up vaccine accessibility as beating back COVID-19 at home.

"There is only one system in the world, and that is the worldwide system with the United Nations at its core, and there is only one set of rules, and that is the basic norms of global relations based on the UN Charter", said Zhao on Wednesday. The two arrived in Seoul on Wednesday for talks.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will represent the USA, while Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Politburo member Yang Jiechi will speak for China.

The statement also expressed concern over China's human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and its disputed territorial claims in the South China Sea.

While President Joe Biden has sought to ease the harsh tone his predecessor took with China, his administration appears committed to taking a tough line on those issues. Now, they also face financial sanctions as specified under the US Hong Kong Autonomy Act - for instance, restrictions on banking.

Just a day before the meeting, Blinken had announced new sanctions over Beijing's crackdown on pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong. Many others have fled overseas and renewed their calls this week for members of the Hong Kong diaspora to keep up the fight for freedoms promised to the city after the 1997 end of British colonial rule.

In unusually pointed remarks for a staid diplomatic meeting, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi took aim at each other's countries' policies at the start of two days of talks in Alaska.

He added that there would be dialogue on "Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyber attacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies". The Foreign Ministry in Beijing last week said the U.S.

An earlier round of sanctions announced by the U.S. last fall affected ten Chinese and Hong Kong officials, including the city's leader Carrie Lam.

Chinese officials have shrugged off the impact of sanctions, with some calling their designation a point of pride in what they view as an attempt to undermine Chinese control in Hong Kong and its rise as a competitor to the United States.

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