Wednesday,21 July 2021 (YJC) _ US State Department said Deputy Secretary of State will visit China on July 25-26.
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China on July 25-26, the State Department said on Wednesday, as the world’s two largest economies seek to navigate a deeply troubled bilateral relationship.
Sherman, the State Department’s second-ranked official, will meet with State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials in the city of Tianjin, southeast of Beijing.
Sherman’s visit will come at the end of visits to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia as part of her second visit to Asia in less than two months. The State Department said Sherman would also visit Oman on July 27.
The China talks would be “part of ongoing U.S. efforts to hold candid exchanges … to advance U.S. interests and values and to responsibly manage the relationship,” the State Department said in a statement.
Using the acronym for China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China, it said Sherman would “discuss areas where we have serious concerns about PRC actions, as well as areas where our interests align.”
North Korea, climate and Iran are issues of shared concern she will be hoping to make progress on in China, despite a fractious relationship that has plunged ties to their worst level in decades.