BEIJING — China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang said in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday that the US should stop interfering in the country’s affairs, a statement from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Foreign Affairs.
The high-profile discussion comes ahead of a planned visit to Beijing by Washington’s top diplomat aimed at stabilizing tense relations between the countries over a variety of issues from espionage allegations to a semiconductor battle.
In the conversation, Mr. Qin said he hopes the US can meet China halfway, effectively manage differences, and promote communication and cooperation.
Mr. Qin also said that the US should respect China’s main concerns, such as the Taiwan issue. He also hoped to stabilize Sino-US relations and put ties back on track of healthy and steady development.
China’s foreign ministry has yet to release information on Mr Blinken’s trip, but a US official said last Friday that Mr Blinken would be in Beijing on June 18, without giving further details.
In February, Blinken canceled a planned trip to Beijing, the first trip by a US secretary of state in five years, due to a suspected Chinese spy balloon flying over the United States. REUTERS