The United States is sending a high-level delegation to the country to improve relations with China. The US is sending a delegation to China for the first time since Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden pledged to improve ties.

US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and the Pacific Daniel Krittenbrink and National Security Council Senior Director for China and Taiwan Laura Rosenberger will visit China, South Korea and Japan together from December 11 to 14.

The US State Department says Krittenbrink will be in China to work on the implementation of the commitment of the meeting between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia last month. In that meeting, the two leaders pledged to develop relations between the two countries and explore possible areas of cooperation.

In addition, Krittenbrink will also work on the preparation of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit to China in early 2023.

Note that these two countries with the world’s largest economies spend more on the military than any other country. Besides, the two countries are engaged in intense strategic competition.

(11 December/SM)