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Blinken presses China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong in call with Beijing's top diplomat

World Feb 06, 2021 01:15AM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden visits the State Department in Washington

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in a phone call on Friday the United States will stand up for human rights and democratic values in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, the State Department said.

Blinken also pressed China to condemn the military coup in Myanmar, and he reaffirmed that Washington will work with allies to hold China accountable for efforts to threaten stability of Indo-Pacific, including across the Taiwan Strait, the department said in a statement.

Yang told Blinken that the United States should "correct" its recent mistakes and that both sides must respect each other's political systems and development paths, according to a statement from the Chinese foreign ministry.

The relationship between the world's two biggest economies hit its lowest point in decades during the presidency of Donald Trump, and Chinese officials have expressed cautious optimism that it would improve under the administration of Joe Biden.

Yang told an online forum on Tuesday that he hoped relations between the two countries could return to a predictable and constructive track, but he called on the United States to "stop interfering" on issues of Chinese sovereignty, including Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet.

Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin also said on Friday that "the common interests of the two countries outweighed their differences" and urged the United States to "meet China halfway" to improve relations.

However, criticism of China's human rights record has continued unabated, with the State Department saying on Thursday that it was "deeply disturbed" by reports of sexual abuse against women in internment camps for ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang..

Biden himself has shown little sign he is in a hurry to engage with Beijing, describing China on Thursday as "our most serious competitor" and saying Washington would continue to confront what he described as China's "attack on human rights, intellectual property and global governance".

"But we're ready to work with Beijing, when it's in America's interest to do so," he added.

The Global Times, a tabloid run by Chinese Communist Party paper the People's Daily, said in an editorial on Saturday that it expected the Biden administration to keep talking tough while improving cooperation in some areas.

"This is obviously different from the later period of Trump's administration, which had only hyped up antagonism between China and the U.S.," it said.

Blinken presses China on Xinjiang, Hong Kong in call with Beijing's top diplomat
 

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Invest Right
Invest Right Feb 06, 2021 3:28AM ET
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China is a morally bankrupt state that oppresses its people and denies them basic human freedoms. What's happening in Xinxiang is not an aberration. Rather, it is representative of the policies of the nation as a whole. It has no qualms about sending any number of its citizens to prison, anywhere within its borders, for mere thought crimes. The entire population is heavily indoctrinated, yet lives in fear of the CCP under their iron hand, enabled by technologically advanced surveillance that is ubiquitous and inescapable.
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David9 Feb 06, 2021 3:28AM ET
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China is a Sleeping Dragon and She has Awaken... the future belongs to China... we have to start learn Mandarin because not far in the distance, the Dragon is coming...
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Feb 06, 2021 3:28AM ET
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yaya dragon coming to join alice in her wonderland. and soon u will join in the wonderland too.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 06, 2021 1:28AM ET
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Biden has more brains and common sense than all Republicans together. -- It will take the unenlightened 49% of Americans a few years to acknowledge
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Chris Sundo Feb 06, 2021 1:14AM ET
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The poor man Yang HAS TO parrot to the USA what the CCP tells him to say, not that he agrees with the CCP's nonsensical brainwashing techniques, which, in any case won't work outside of communist/autocratic countries. -- We're ALL ONE! The Uighers', The Hong Kong Chinese's, The Xinjiang Muslims' suffering is OUR! suffering
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David9 Feb 06, 2021 12:03AM ET
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No one wants to work with the US. The lies has been exposed. It is very easy to debunk the lies and the propaganda. The US hidden behind the fake democracy banner try to destabilize and slow down China using lies on Xinjiang, province of Taiwan, and Hong Kong...
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Chris Sundo Feb 06, 2021 12:03AM ET
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You talk like Trump. He says things about others that apply to him. __ Your talk about what USA does actually applies to China instead. __ It's a case of SELF BRAINWASHING
Edward Chong
Edward Chong Feb 06, 2021 12:03AM ET
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david wong u enjoy making yourself a public enemy? u are really weird.
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David9 Feb 06, 2021 12:03AM ET
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How am I brainwashed? People reading western media are brainwashed...
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David9 Feb 06, 2021 12:03AM ET
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Hi Edward... just making true statements only... lol
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Feb 05, 2021 11:58PM ET
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Trump left office with the trade defecit at record highs. Really great job with that trade war Donnie O
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo Feb 05, 2021 11:58PM ET
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LOL -- Which way did Donnie tweak the imbalance of trade? For the better or for the worse?
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Felipe Daniel Feb 05, 2021 11:15PM ET
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Biden admin will give China anything they want
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Thanks for raising the average brains quotient of this board and assist with Admin work ;)
 
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