U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will “become involved over the next few weeks,” but not immediately after the G-7 summit, White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Monday.
Meanwhile, chief diplomats from the United States and China are planning meetings on the sidelines of next month’s G-20 ministerial meeting in Bali, Indonesia, according to diplomatic sources.
Sullivan told reporters that there was an “urgent need” for consultation among G-7 and NATO members to address challenges posed by China, while seeking “alignment between the world’s leading market democracies to address some of the “In particular, China’s non-market economic practices, its approach to debt and its approach to human rights.”
Leaders of NATO countries will meet in Madrid later this week. U.S. officials and analysts say the discussion of approaches to the People’s Republic of China (VRC) is high on the agenda, as NATO is expected this year to certify its new Strategic Draft, the organization’s most important working document after the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty. last Strategic Draft was agreed in 2010.
The NATO Strategic Draft “will speak in ways unknown to the challenge facing China,” Sullivan said Monday, adding that US-China competition “does not mean confrontation or conflict,” an idea that China has rejected. .
“China is strongly opposed to the definition of China-US relations through competition,” top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi said during his latest meeting with Sullivan in Luxembourg on June 13. Yang reiterated that China is seeking a bilateral relationship with the US, based on “mutual respect”. , peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation. ”
The planned personal meeting between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi would take place at the G-20 ministerial meeting next month as Russia intensifies its offensive in Ukraine.
Senior US officials have questioned China’s alleged “neutrality” after Russia invaded Ukraine.
China imported about 8.42 million tons of crude oil from Russia in May, according to Chinese customs data – an increase of 55% from a year ago. Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become China’s top oil supplier as the US and other Western countries continue to approve Moscow’s energy exports.
“There is disappointment that the rhetoric of Beijing was not what one would have hoped. “I also do not know that we have seen the kind of material support that would actually strengthen the Russian government’s physical effort to crush Ukraine,” US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan told VOA last week.