US, CHINA OFFICIALS TO MEET IN ALASKA IN FIRST TALKS UNDER BIDEN

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet top Chinese officials on March 18 during a stop in Alaska, the State Department said on Wednesday, marking the first high-level in-person contact between the US and China under the Biden administration.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will join the meeting in Anchorage with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, and State Councillor Wang Yi. The meeting will follow Blinken’s first overseas trip to Japan and South Korea, key US allies.

Blinken called the meeting “an important opportunity to lay out in frank terms many concerns the US has with Beijing’s actions”, he told a hearing of the House of Representatives Foreign affairs committee.

He also said discussions will also explore whether there are avenues to cooperate with China.