The Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomes the visit of US Minister Blinken

The Chinese Foreign Ministry welcomes the visit of US Minister Blinken

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BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) – China welcomes U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to the country, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a regular news briefing on Tuesday.

“China welcomes Secretary of State Blinken’s visit to China. Both China and the United States are in communication now about the specific arrangements,” Wang Wenbin said in response to a question about a US media report that Blinken was visiting China on the 5 February.

“(China) also hopes that the United States will adopt a correct view of China, maintain dialogue rather than confrontation, win-win rather than zero-sum (thinking),” Wang added.

This was reported by Politico that Blinken will meet in Beijing with his counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gan, on February 5-6.

Blinken’s February visit to China will be the first by a secretary of state since October 2018, when Mike Pompeo, under the Trump administration, met with then-Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing, with the two dignitaries exchanging sharp remarks amid an escalating trade war.

China’s confirmation of the visit follows a meeting in November between US and Chinese President Joe Biden and Xi Jinping at the G20 summit held on the Indonesian island of Bali.

The two leaders pledged more frequent communications amid simmering differences over Taiwan, human rights, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and economic issues.

Both leaders agreed to have Blinken visit China to follow up on their discussions, according to the White House, although no specific date was mentioned at the time.

Last month, a delegation of senior US officials held talks with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng in Langfang, a city neighboring Beijing, to discuss Blinken’s visit, according to the US State Department.

Report from the Beijing newsroom; Written by Bernard Orr; Editing by Tom Hogue

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