Top US and Chinese officials have met face-to-face for the first time since President Joe Biden took office. The customary diplomatic pleasantries were quickly thrown aside. The two powers launched into scathing indictments, calling each side’s national character into question. Among the issues brought up in the in Alaska meetings were human rights, the coronavirus pandemic, and China’s military build-up in the South China sea.
From the very start, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wasted no time in calling out the Chinese delegation. But China wasn’t having any of it. Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi fired back by questioning America’s status as a leader on the global stage.
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