China: President Xi Jinping Receives Anthony Blinken

Chinese President Xi Jinping: “Interaction between countries should always be based on mutual respect and sincerity in relations.”

After two days of hypotheses and rumors, Chinese President Xi Jinping finally received US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. A short meeting ended Blinken’s three-day visit to Beijing. President Xi stated, “I hope that as progress is made, relations between China and the United States will stabilize.”

The meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and the head of US diplomacy Anthony Blinken, which has long been in doubt, took place in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, in the historic center of Beijing.

“I hope that Secretary Blinken, by means of this visit, can make a positive contribution to stabilizing relations between China and the United States,” Xi Jinping said during the meeting, as reported at the end of it by Chinese state television CGTN. “Interaction between countries should always be based on mutual respect and sincerity in relations,” emphasized the Chinese leader, according to whom, during Blinken’s visit to Beijing and his talks on Saturday and Sunday, “China has clarified its position” on many aspects of domestic and international politics and “both sides have agreed to follow the agreements reached by President Biden and me in Bali.” Finally, Xi Jinping, without going into details, said that the parties have made progress “and reached agreements on certain issues.”

Blinken was received by President Xi Jinping on the last day of his visit to Beijing and a few hours before he returned to Washington DC. The decision about the meeting between the President of China and Blinken was made at the last moment and took into account the results of negotiations between the US Secretary of State, Foreign Minister of the PRC Qin Gang, and Director of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Chinese Communist Party Wang Yi.