Politburo Member Meets US Secretary of State
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.