The China-US Tianjin meeting was held on July 26. On the morning of the 26th, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng had a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman. During the meeting, China’s language was obviously confrontational.
Xie Feng said at the briefing after the meeting that some people in the United States regard China as an “imaginary enemy,” which has led to a deadlock in Sino-US relations and serious difficulties. Xie Feng said that during the talks, the Chinese side proposed two lists to the United States, namely the “error correction list”, as well as key cases of concern to the Chinese side.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian later stated at the press conference that day that China had requested the United States to “stop interfering in China‘s internal affairs” and other “four stops.”
Up to now, the United States has not made specific explanations on the content of the talks that day. After arriving in Tianjin on the 25th, Sherman said on Twitter that he would express the US “deep condolences” to the people who lost their loved ones in the Henan floods.
This is another high-level meeting between China and the United States after the Alaska meeting in March this year. As the second US diplomat, Sherman visited Tianjin from July 25th to 26th. He held talks with Xie Feng and met with Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
“Four Stops” and Two Lists
Zhao Lijian stated at a regular press conference on the 26th that the Chinese side proposed “four stops” in the Tianjin talks. They were “immediately stop interfering in China‘s internal affairs, stop harming China‘s interests, stop stepping on the red line and playing with fire, and stop fighting.” Group confrontation under the guise of values”.
In addition, the Chinese side reportedly submitted to the US a list of actions for “correction” for the first time during the meeting.
According to the Chinese media “The Paper” report, Xie Feng said at the post-meeting briefing that China‘s “correction checklist” includes: removing visa restrictions on CCP members and their families, and lifting sanctions on Chinese leaders, officials, and government departments. , Remove visa restrictions for Chinese students studying abroad, stop the “suppression” of Chinese companies and the “nuisance” of Chinese students, remove restrictions on Confucius Institutes, and cancel the registration of Chinese media as “foreign agents” or “foreign missions” “, withdraw the extradition of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei Group, etc.
The list of cases that China is concerned about includes the refusal of visas for some Chinese students studying in the United States, the unfair treatment of Chinese citizens in the United States, the nuisance and collision of Chinese embassies and consulates in the United States, the growth of anti-Asian and anti-China sentiments in the United States, and Chinese citizens. Violent attack, etc.
After the Alaska talks in March this year, the Sino-US relations have continued to deteriorate in recent months. Before Sherman arrived in Tianjin, China imposed sanctions on a number of U.S. officials and agencies in response to the recent U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials in the Liaison Office in Hong Kong.
US White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on the 24th that the US is still fully committed to implementing all relevant US sanctions and taking actions consistent with US interests and values.
According to information released by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Xie Feng said during the talks that the fundamental reason for the current difficulties in Sino-US relations is that “some people in the United States regard China as an’imaginary enemy’.”
He said that some experts pointed out that the United States wants to divert American people’s dissatisfaction with the domestic situation by establishing an “imaginary enemy” and by “demonizing China” and “turning the deep-seated structural contradictions in the United States onto China.”
“We urge the US to change this extremely wrong thinking and extremely dangerous China policy,” he said.
In addition, China has also expressed strong dissatisfaction with the words and deeds of the US on issues such as the traceability of the new crown virus, Taiwan, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and the South China Sea.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi also stated on the 25th that the United States “sees itself as superior” and that China “has a responsibility” to work with the international community to “complement” the United States a lesson on how to live on an equal footing with other countries.
This visit to China is part of Sherman’s Asian itinerary. Prior to this, she had traveled to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia.
A spokesperson for the US State Department said last week that Sherman will conduct the talks from a “powerful position.”
A senior U.S. government official stated before the Tianjin meeting that Sherman will make it clear that the U.S. welcomes China’s competition with China, but everyone needs to follow the same rules and compete in a fair environment. The U.S. “wants to ensure that there are barriers and parameters. “It can prevent the competition between the two sides from turning into conflict.
Senior US officials previously stated that the talks are not to discuss specific issues, but to keep the channels for high-level dialogue open.
“The main purpose is to exchange frank and honest opinions on the relationship between the two countries,” the official said.
The United States also pointed out that another focus of the talks is to develop potential areas of cooperation. Both the United States and China have interests in some important international issues. The United States believes that it is very important to exchange views and explore potential areas of cooperation.