US State Department Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman will visit China later this week. Sherman is going to China at a time when tensions between Washington and Beijing continue on many issues. The US State Department gave this information on Wednesday. Sherman will meet Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and others on Sunday in the northeastern city of Tianjin as part of her current Asia tour, from where she will also travel to Japan, South Korea and Mongolia.
Sherman will be the highest-ranking US official to visit China since US President Joe Biden took office in January. However, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met Wang and veteran Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi in Anchorage, Alaska in March. Earlier in April, Biden administration climate envoy John Kerry went to Shanghai for a meeting with his Chinese counterpart.
US-China relations are at the lowest level
Sherman’s visit to China follows a significant deterioration in already badly affected US-China relations over the past two weeks. Referring to the People’s Republic of China, the State Department said in a statement that these discussions are part of ongoing US efforts to advance US interests and values and to have candid exchanges with PRC officials to responsibly manage the relationship. . Earlier on Tuesday, news came quoting sources that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken could visit India next week.
US Secretary of State may visit India
On Tuesday, news agency ANI quoted sources as saying that US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to visit India next week to hold bilateral talks with the Indian government. Blinken will be the second official in the Joe Biden administration to visit India after US Defense Secretary Lois J. Austin’s visit this year. Along with the diplomatic tension between the US and China, the India-China dispute can also be discussed in the meeting.