US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi this week alongside the G20 meeting of foreign ministers in Bali, a senior US State Department official said Tuesday.
The scheduled meeting comes after US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Monday and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan’s meeting with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Luxembourg last month.
President Joe Biden has said he is still deciding whether to lift US tariffs on Chinese goods as his administration faces economic headwinds from rising inflation and other tensions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The White House has said there is no deadline for Biden’s decision, but Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping are also expected to speak in the coming weeks.
Foreign ministers from the Group of 20 Largest Economies (G20) will meet on the Indonesian island of Bali on Thursday and Friday ahead of the November G20 summit, also in Indonesia.
Blinken and Wang last met in October at a Group of 20 summit in Rome. According to the Washington Post, which first reported the planned talks, their meeting this week will focus in part on the war in Ukraine.
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