Top US diplomats hold tight talks over Myanmar, Xinjiang and Hong Kong, as Beijing notes more room for cooperation with the Trump administration.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressured Beijing for the coup in Uygar, the Tibetans, Hong Kong and Myanmar, as President Joe Biden took office in the first negotiations between the top powers of the two powers.
“I made it clear that the US will protect our national interests, stand up for our democratic values, and hold Beijing accountable for the misuse of the international system,” Blinken said on his phone with senior Chinese official Yang Jiechi.
Blinken told Yang that the United States “will continue to stand up for human rights and democratic values in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong,” a State Department statement said on Friday.
Blinken “pressured China to join the international community to condemn the military coup in Burma”, it said, using Myanmar’s former name.
After the coup in Myanmar, China said in its response, it “noted” the military takeover, and hoped that all parties could properly manage their differences under the constitution and maintain stability.
In my call with my counterpart in Beijing, Yang Jiechi, I clarified that the US would protect our national interests, stand up for our democratic values, and hold Beijing accountable for the misuse of the international system.
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) 6 February, 2021
In January, China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, met military chief Min Aung Haling, who has now held power during a visit to Myanmar.
During the phone call, Blinken also said that the US would hold Beijing “responsible for stability in the Indo-Pacific, including the Taiwan Strait, and for its efforts to reduce the rules-based international system”.
Tensions have been rising between India and China in recent months due to border disputes in the Himalayan region and the US is trying to form an alliance with India, Japan and Australia to take over Beijing.
Room for cooperation
At the same time, the US also patrolled its naval activities and the South China Sea, claiming freedom of navigation in the resource-rich region, much of which is being claimed by China.
China is trying to expand its presence in disputed sea lanes, creating artificial islands that can accommodate its naval and aerial activities.
Blinken’s strict tone emerged after his confirmation hearing, during which he promised to continue a tough approach to China at a rare point between former President Donald Trump’s two administrations.
Blinken has said he agrees with a State Department resolution under Trump that Beijing is committing genocide in the western region of Xinjiang, where rights groups say more than one million Uyghurs and other mostly Muslim Turk-speaking people are in camps. Have scored in .
Beijing has also intensified a rift in Hong Kong, arresting key activists to implement a new law against sabotage after large protests at the financial hub that guaranteed a separate system.
In response, Washington slapped sanctions against Chinese and Hong Kong officials, who are accused of repression against activists and opposition groups.
Despite the tensions, the Chinese state-owned newspaper, Global Times, however, noted Biden’s “tough” but “cautious” attitude towards Beijing, which it said indicated greater cooperation than it had with the previous Trump administration can give.
“Biden’s attitude towards China is inherited in part from his predecessor, yet he has adjusted the approach and the room created for dialogue with China. For China, our own strength is the most tangible, we will have a positive impact on how the US reviews its China policy. “