WASHINGTON, July 5 (Reuters): U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on the sidelines of the G20 foreign ministers’ meeting in Bali this week, a senior department official said on Tuesday. of American state.
The planned meeting comes after US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen spoke with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He on Monday and US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with senior Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi last month. Luxemburg.
President Joe Biden has said he is still deciding whether to lift U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods as his administration faces economic headwinds from rising inflation and other tensions in the aftermath. of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The White House said there was 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 (7 July) and Friday ahead of November’s G20 summit, also in Indonesia.
Blinken and Wang last met in October at a G20 summit in Rome. Their meeting this week will focus in part on the war in Ukraine, according to The Washington Post, which first reported on the planned talks. -Reuter