Polit­buro Mem­ber Meets US Sec­re­tary of State

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Yang Jiechi, a Chi­nese polit­buro mem­ber who also di­rects the of­fice of the For­eign Af­fairs Work­ing Com­mis­sion of the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee of the Com­mu­nist Party of China, met with US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo and US Sec­re­tary of De­fense James Mat­tis in the White House on Novem­ber 9.

This talk was ex­pected to ease Sino-us ten­sions around es­ca­lat­ing bi­lat­eral trade con­flict and re­cent US arms sales to Tai­wan. Chi­nese me­dia re­ported that Yang em­pha­sized that what the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment had done was for the in­ter­ests of the Chi­nese peo­ple and the re­vival of the Chi­nese na­tion. China had no in­ten­tion, he said, to chal­lenge or re­place some other coun­try.

Pom­peo re­sponded that the US had no in­ten­tion to re­press China's de­vel­op­ment and his coun­try will hold to the “One China” pol­icy and the Three Sino-us Joint Com­mu­niqués. The two sides agreed to pro­mote bi­lat­eral talks be­tween their re­spec­tive eco­nomic del­e­ga­tions to reach a sat­is­fac­tory so­lu­tion to the cur­rent trade con­flict.

This talk was said to be good “prepa­ra­tion” for the com­ing talks be­tween Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his US coun­ter­part Don­ald Trump at up­com­ing G20 Sum­mit in Ar­gentina. Ear­lier this month, the two pres­i­dents spoke on the phone and af­firmed the im­por­tance of bi­lat­eral talks be­tween se­nior of­fi­cials of the two coun­tries, which was in­ter­preted as sig­nal­ing a thaw in re­la­tions.

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