Chinese spy agency suggests that a Biden-Xi meeting hinges on “sincerity”

By Liz Lee

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s prime safety company has hinted that any assembly between President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Joe Biden in San Francisco later this 12 months will rely upon the US “exhibiting ample sincerity”.

Biden on Sunday expressed disappointment that Xi was not attending an upcoming summit of G20 leaders in India, however added that he was going to “get to see him”.

Biden didn’t elaborate however the subsequent possible alternative for Biden to carry talks with Xi, as the 2 international locations search to stabilise troubled relations, is an Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco in November.

“To actually realise ‘from Bali to San Francisco’, the US wants to point out sufficient sincerity”, the Ministry of State Safety stated in a publish on Monday on its WeChat social media web page.

It was referring to the final assembly between Biden and Xi on the sidelines of a G20 summit on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali in November final 12 months. It didn’t point out the APEC summit in its publish.

It’s unclear if the ministry, which is China’s predominant intelligence company, is aware about, or has affect over, Xi’s concerns on diplomatic engagements.

This weekend, Premier Li Qiang will lead a delegation to a G20 summit in New Delhi, the Chinese language authorities has introduced, all however confirming that Xi wouldn’t attend.

The ministry in its publish stated Biden’s administration had adopted a dual-natured technique in the direction of China, inviting competitors with China but in addition wanting to manage the competitors.

It stated whereas U.S. officers who visited China just lately stated there was no intention to curb China’s growth or “decouple”, the U.S. nonetheless accredited arms gross sales and supplied army financing to Taiwan, and raised points about Tibet and the South China Sea in addition to brazenly criticising the Chinese language financial system.

“China won’t ever let its guard down due to a couple of ‘good phrases’ from the US … The varied obstacles, containment and suppression by the US will solely make China extra brave and self-reliant,” the state safety ministry stated.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, who visited China final week, stated the US didn’t need to decouple from China however she additionally stated U.S. firms had complained to her that China has grow to be “uninvestible,” pointing to fines, raids and different actions which have made it dangerous to do enterprise on the earth’s second-largest financial system.

China repeated requires the US to take extra “sensible and useful actions” to keep up China-U.S. ties after the “uninvestible” remark was reported.

(Reporting by Liz Lee; enhancing by Robert Birsel)

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