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Jumat, 19 Maret 2021

US and China complete 'tough and direct' talks in Alaska - ABC News

US and Chinese officials are leaving talks in Alaska that were described as "tough and direct", as tensions between the world's two largest economies were laid bare.

The two-day meetings, the first high-level in-person talks since President Joe Biden took office, finished on Friday after a fiery start that saw both sides skewer each others' policies in front of television cameras.

At the start of the talks, the US accused the Chinese delegation of "grandstanding" and Beijing fired back, saying there was a "strong smell of gunpowder and drama" that was entirely the fault of the Americans.

The run-up to the discussions in Anchorage, Alaska, which followed visits by US officials to allies Japan and South Korea, was marked by a flurry of moves by Washington that showed it was taking a firm stance on China.

"We expected to have tough and direct talks on a wide range of issues, and that's exactly what we had," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said.

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told Chinese state media that the discussions had been constructive and beneficial, "but of course, there are still differences".

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he was not surprised that the United States got a "defensive response" from China after it raised its concerns over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as over cyberattacks and pressure on Taiwan.

“We wanted to share with them the significant concerns that we have about a number of the actions that China has taken, and behaviours exhibiting concerns, shared by our allies and partners," he said.

"We also wanted to lay out very clearly, our own policies, priorities, and worldview. And we did that too.”

But Mr Blinken said the two sides also had intersecting interests on Iran, North Korea, Afghanistan, and climate change.

"On economics, on trade, on technology, we told our counterparts that we are reviewing these issues with close consultation with Congress, with our allies and partners, and we will move forward on them in a way that totally protects and advances the interests of our workers and our businesses," Mr Blinken said.

US shift in emphasis brings bipartisan support

While much of President Biden's China policy is still being formulated, including how to handle the tariffs on Chinese goods implemented by his predecessor Donald Trump, his administration has so far placed a stronger emphasis on democratic values and allegations of human rights abuses by China.

"I am very proud of the secretary of state," Mr Biden told reporters at the White House on Friday.

In recent weeks, top Republicans have been in favour of efforts by Mr Biden to revitalise relations with US allies in order to confront China.

Mr Biden has partially staked his approach on China to rebuilding American domestic competitiveness, and several top Republicans, whose cooperation will be crucial to the success of those plans, backed his administration in the face of the heated exchanges from the first day of talks.

"I have many policy disagreements with the Biden Administration, but every single American should unite against Beijing's tyrants," Republican Senator Ben Sasse said in a statement.

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