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Top US, China diplomats hold ‘constructive’ meeting amid strains

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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_Above, downtown Honolulu as of January 2020. Image created by Farragutful, CC By SA 4.0.

Top U.S. and China diplomats held a “constructive” meeting amid heavy strains between the two nations. This was reported by CNBC sharing from Reuters on June 17 at 11:43 pm. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Wednesday. The two discussed the need for full transparency between the United States and China. This includes the need for full information disclosure regarding the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. CNBC reported that the Hawaii meeting was requested by China. 

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Seizing the opportunity, Secretary Pompeo also discussed the need for full reciprocal dealings in the commercial sector, in security concerns, and in diplomatic interactions. The U.S. State Department issued an email statement regarding these discussion points. 

Secretary Pompeo likewise took to his Twitter to address the American public regarding his meeting with Yang Jiechi. 

“During my meeting with CCP Politburo Member Yang Jiechi, he recommitted to completing and honoring all of the obligations of Phase 1 of the trade deal between our two countries,” said Pompeo, in a tweet that was posted at 11:58am on June 18. 

Likewise, the State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus took to her Twitter to describe the meeting in more detail. The meeting occurred in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

@SecPompeo and Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi met today in Honolulu to exchange views on U.S.-China relations,” said Ortagus, in a tweet that was posted at 10:08pm on June 17. Ortagus’ post also captioned a press release from the State Department. 

“Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo Member Yang Jiechi in Honolulu, Hawaii to exchange views on U.S.-China relations.  The Secretary stressed important American interests and the need for fully-reciprocal dealings between the two nations across commercial, security, and diplomatic interactions.  He also stressed the need for full transparency and information sharing to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and prevent future outbreaks,” reads Ortagus’ State Department press release from the Office of the Spokesperson. 

The meeting between Secretary Pompeo and Yang Jiechi comes as renewed suspicions are directed at China over the release of John Bolton’s “The Room Where It Happened.” Bolton has alleged that President Donald Trump has solicited aid from foreign leaders in his election campaigns in exchange for favors. 

Trump has quite vocally denounced Bolton in the hours to follow the tease of the book release. Mr. Trump states that Bolton has increased tensions in Southeast Asia, particularly with North Korea. 

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“…He didn’t want Bolton anywhere near him. Bolton’s dumbest of all statements set us back very badly with North Korea, even now. I asked him, “what the hell were you thinking?” He had no answer and just apologized. That was early on, I should have fired him right then & there!” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 9:17 am on June 18. 

Mr. Trump has not commented directly on Secretary Pompeo’s meeting with the Chinese diplomat. It is not yet clear what impact his heated political exchange with John Bolton and the release of his book might have on U.S.-China relations. If damning language regarding Trump’s diplomatic relationship with Xi Jinping is detailed in the book, it may fan further flames of strife with China.

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