Blinken to meet Xi on final day of talks in Beijing

U.S Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken
In this file photo, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken addresses reporters during his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, DC, on January 27, 2021. CARLOS BARRIA / POOL / AFP

U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, would meet Chinese President Xi Jinping before he departs Beijing on Monday after a two-day visit, Chinese state media reports.

This is the first trip by a U.S. secretary of state to China since 2018.

Blinken had met earlier in the day with China’s top foreign policy official, Wang Yi.

The last-minute announcement that Xi would talk to Blinken was seen as a special gesture, and a sign that Beijing aimed to cool the soaring tensions between the rival powers. (dpa/NAN)

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