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U.S.-China meeting in Alaska begins with exchange of harsh words

All broadcasters reported extensively on the first high-level talks between the U.S. and China in Anchorage on Thursday, saying that the session got off to a chilly start with the participants using blunt words to criticize each other’s diplomatic conduct. Secretary Blinken brought up China’s actions in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, as well as its cyberattacks on the U.S. and economic coercion of U.S. allies, stressing that “each of these actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability.” Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang dismissed the Secretary’s argument, saying China will not accept unwarranted accusations from the U.S. side. He warned the Biden administration not to intervene in China’s domestic affairs.

While noting that the Alaska meeting will be a new test for the global power balance in the coming decades, TBS said the exchange of pointed remarks right from the beginning reflected the grim prospects for swift reconciliation between the two superpowers.

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