Monday, February 6, 2023

US says China wants to stabilize ties with Washington in short term

by Michael Martina and David Brunnstrom

washingtonDec. 8 – China seeks to stabilize its ties with the United States in the near future as it faces domestic economic challenges and opposition to its assertive diplomacy in Asia, White House Indo-Pacific coordinator Kurt .

Disappointment over strict protocol for covidCovid-19 sparked widespread protests in China last month, the biggest show of public discontent since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.

The regulations had contributed to a slowdown in the economy, but the recent easing of restrictions has also raised new concerns that the virus may soon be on the run.

Campbell said those issues, as well as the fact that China antagonized many of its neighbors, meant he was interested in a more predictable relationship with Washington in the “short term”.

“They confront and challenge multiple countries at once,” Campbell said at an Aspen Security Forum event in Washington, citing China’s territorial disputes with Japan and India. “I think they recognize that, in many ways, it has backfired on them.”

“All this tells me that the last thing China needs right now is an openly hostile relationship with the United States. They want a degree of predictability and stability, and we are looking for that too,” Campbell said.

In the coming months, Campbell said, the world will see “a resumption of some of the more practical and predictable elements of great power diplomacy” between Washington and Beijing.

“I think we are going to see some events that, in my opinion, will reassure the whole sector,” he said without elaborating.

Campbell was speaking after the first face-to-face meeting between Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden as leaders in the middle of last month, and two days after Washington announced plans to increase its rotating military presence in Australia, a key regional ally. declare.

Campbell said Russia’s war in Ukraine has led to more behind-the-scenes discussions in the Indo-Pacific about maintaining peace and stability on Taiwan, the democratically-ruled island that China claims as its territory. does.

“If there is a challenge, it will have dire consequences from a strategic and commercial point of view, and it is in nobody’s interest. So I think all countries understand how sensitive this issue is.

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