A senior US delegation visiting China discussed ways to improve relations and the Taiwan issue. Beijing said on Monday the two sides were working on the basis of US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken’s visit.

Top US diplomat for East Asia Daniel Krittenbrink, National Security Council senior director for China and Taiwan Laura Rosenberger held talks with Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ji Feng on Sunday and Monday in northern Hebei province. Beijing said this.

The visit comes after Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden pledged to repair fragile ties at a summit in Bali, Indonesia, last month.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Monday that the two sides in Hebei had “in-depth discussions on the implementation of the consensus reached at the Bali summit between the two presidents.”

Wang said the meeting also discussed the issue of Taiwan, the self-governing democratic island claimed by China as its territory and a source of growing friction between Beijing and Washington.

Wang Wenbin said Ji Feng, Daniel Krittenbrink and Laura Rosenberger agreed to ‘strengthen exchanges at all levels’ and ‘maintain communication’.

The United States said it had discussed North Korea, with Washington expecting more pressure from Beijing over Russia’s war on the country as well as Ukraine.

State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters, ‘The discussions were open and they were substantive.’

“They also explored possible ways of cooperating where our interests were undermined,” Price said.

(Dhaka Times / 13 December / SAT)