Friday, June 24

Why Talking About the “Cold War” Between the US and China “Is Deeply Dangerous”

  • Jonathan Marcus
  • Diplomatic Affairs Correspondent

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping (File photo)


Comparisons made to the “Cold War” between the US and the Soviet Union do not tell the whole story.

The meeting between senior officials from the administration of US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterparts marks the first opportunity to measure face-to-face the dynamics of the relationship between the two major global powers.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan meet with top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Alaska on Thursday.

Biden’s team is under no illusions. Before the meeting, Blinken noted that this “is not a strategic dialogue” and that “at this time no intention to have a series of subsequent commitments. “

“These commitments,” he said, “if they are to happen, they really have to be based on the proposition that we are seeing tangible progress and tangible results on the issues that concern us with China.”

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