Analysis-US and China positions ossify at established Tianjin talks

File Photo: US and Chinese flags can be seen before senior defense officials from both countries meet in the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, on November 9, 2018. REUTERS / Yuri Gripas / File Photo

July 26, 2021

By Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom

Washington (Reuters) -Beijing-Washington relations appear to be stagnant as both sides claim the other, as neither the signs of the U.S.-China summit nor the outcome of Monday’s high-level diplomatic negotiations have been announced. is. We have to make concessions to improve our relationships.

U.S. officials say Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman visits Tianjin, a port city in northern China, to meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other officials, intensifying competition between two geopolitical rivals. He emphasized that this is an opportunity to avoid getting caught up in.

However, the combat statement that emerged from the meeting, coupled with suggestions from officials that the private session was slightly heartfelt, cast a shadow over the first senior diplomatic talks under President Joe Biden. It reflected the tone set in Alaska in March. A rare public vitriol from both sides.

Tianjin did not reveal as much outward hostility as it was on display in Alaska, but as both sides actually stopped negotiating something and instead stuck to a list of established requirements. Looked.

Sherman puts pressure on China by taking actions that violate the rules-based international order, including Beijing’s crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong, ongoing genocide in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, abuse in Tibet, and reduced press freedom. I called.

After the meeting, senior U.S. government officials mentioned global concerns about climate change, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, etc. I think it is. “

“It’s up to the Chinese to decide if they’re ready to take the next step,” said a second senior US government official to fill the disagreement.

However, the king claimed in a statement that the ball was in US court.

“When it comes to respecting international rules, it’s the United States that has to think again,” he said, demanding that Washington remove all unilateral sanctions and tariffs on China.

Diplomatic ossification

China’s Foreign Ministry recently suggested that there may be US preconditions that require all sorts of cooperation. Some analysts say it’s a recipe for diplomatic ossification and the prospects for improving relationships are bleak.

Bonnie Glazer, an Asian expert at the German Marshall Fund, said it was important for both sides to maintain some form of involvement. At the same time, there seemed to be no agreement in Tianjin on the mechanism of follow-up meetings and ongoing dialogue.

“It will probably disturb US allies and partners. They want greater stability and predictability of Sino-US relations,” Glazer said.

She added that both sides are likely to be disappointed if they expect to give in first.

Since in October was appointed to the President beside the G20 summit, which was held in Italy, Biden there was a foreign policy boundaries of the expectation that it is possible for the first time meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

White House spokesman Jen Psaki added that the Biden Sea conference is uncertain in Tianjin, but he hopes he will have the opportunity to attend someday.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has joined forces in the context of opposition to China, including enforcement measures affecting Beijing, such as cracking down on Iran’s oil sales to China, and another summit later this year that Biden is enthusiastic. Host with leaders from Japan, Australia and India showing the potential to expand both of their coordination.

Biden’s White House also gives little signal that it intends to reduce tariffs on Chinese products established under the Trump administration.

At the same time, cooperation on the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be almost completely out of reach, and the United States is “irresponsible” and “dangerous” that Beijing has rejected the World Health Organization’s plans to further study the origin of the virus. I call it.

Despite the vigorous appeal of US climate envoy John Kerry, there were few signs of China’s willingness to work with Washington on climate issues, Biden’s priority.

“What was on display in Tianjin is that they are still very far apart in how they see the value and role of diplomatic involvement,” said Eric, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Sayers said.

Scott Kennedy, a Chinese expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said there is no significant benefit to being more cooperative on either side so far.

“And there are no unmanageable outcomes for cooperation on either side, and the gesture of cooperation actually comes at a considerable cost both domestically and strategically,” he said.

“I think we should have very low expectations for both sides to find a common ground and stabilize their relationship in the near future.”

(Report by Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom; edited by Mary Milliken and Dan Grebler)

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