Biden national security adviser to meet China's top diplomat

Biden national security adviser to meet China's top diplomat
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White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanWhite House says Russia could launch attack in Ukraine 'at any point' Blinken stresses 'unshakable' US commitment to Ukraine in call with Russian counterpart Texas hostage-taker was known to British security officials MORE will meet face-to-face with China’s top diplomat in Switzerland on Wednesday as the Biden administration issues warnings over China’s aggressive military activity near Taiwan. 

Sullivan will meet with Yang Jiechi in Zurich to follow up on a Sept. 9 phone call between President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE and Chinese President Xi Jinping, White House National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said in a statement on Tuesday. The White House said the meeting is aimed at “responsibly” managing competition between the U.S. and China. 

“We will continue to seek to responsibly manage the competition between the U.S. and the PRC and that’s what this meeting is about,” White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-PierreKarine Jean-PierreThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden comes out swinging in 2022 Biden says he plans to run for reelection in 2024 'if I'm in good health' The Memo: Failure on big bill would spark cascade of trouble for Biden MORE told reporters aboard Air Force One Tuesday afternoon. 


Biden and Xi held a lengthy phone call last month – their second since Biden took office – during which they discussed a range of issues.

Sullivan is likely to press Yang on China’s provocations against Taiwan, though the White House did not offer specific topics of discussion. Chinese warplanes violated Taiwan’s airspace nearly 150 times over a four-day period, leaving Taiwanese officials worried about the potential for military confrontation.

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure and coercion against Taiwan,” White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiZelensky says 'there are no minor incursions' after Biden's comments on Ukraine, Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Connected Commerce Council - Dems regroup as Biden agenda stumbles Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' MORE told reporters during a Monday briefing.

Psaki said that officials have raised concerns about China’s activity both privately and publicly, though she didn’t specify which U.S. officials have done so.

It’s possible that the Sullivan meeting could also pave the way for a face-to-face between Biden and Xi, though the White House has been mum on any hope for such an encounter. Sullivan will meet with Yang before huddling with European officials.

Despite the Biden administration’s effort to tamp down confrontation with China, tensions between Washington and Beijing have nevertheless persisted on a number of fronts.

Sullivan and Secretary of State Antony BlinkenAntony BlinkenDemocrats calls on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Biden clarifies any Russian movement into Ukraine 'is an invasion' Blinken calls for 'global action' against Russia amid Ukraine tensions MORE last met face-to-face with their Chinese counterparts in March in Anchorage, a meeting that quickly turned frosty as the U.S. officials criticized China’s human rights record.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine TaiKatherine TaiVilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal US and UK start formal talks over Trump's steel, aluminum tariffs Equilibrium/Sustainability — What's next for winter highway travel? MORE also said this week that she will begin direct consultations with her Chinese counterpart on the U.S.-China trade relationship. Tai plans to press China to live up to its commitments in the so-called “phase one” trade pact brokered under the Trump administration.