US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will go to China subsequent week as half of a bigger Asia journey, the State Division says, marking the highest-level go to by a US official to China in months.
Sherman, the State Division’s second-ranked official, will meet with officers together with State Councilor and Overseas Minister Wang Yi, as the 2 sides navigate a deeply troubled bilateral relationship.
Sherman’s go to had been anticipated in international coverage circles, and will assist set the stage for added exchanges and a possible assembly between President Joe Biden and Chinese language chief Xi Jinping this 12 months, presumably on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Italy in late October.
“These discussions are a part of ongoing US efforts to carry candid exchanges with PRC officers to advance US pursuits and values and to responsibly handle the connection,” the State Division mentioned in an announcement.
“The Deputy Secretary will focus on areas the place now we have critical considerations about PRC actions, in addition to areas the place our pursuits align.”