China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit US

State Councillor Yang Jiechi will meet senior American officials on Monday and Tuesday to discuss "bilateral ties and issues of common concern", the foreign ministry announced late Sunday. 

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi to visit US

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China's top diplomat will visit the United States this week, as the two sides work to arrange a meeting between their presidents after a rocky start to the relationship under the administration of Donald Trump. 

Relations have been strained by Trump's criticism of China's handling of North Korea and its trade policies as well as his questioning of Washington's longstanding "One China" policy. 

Yang, who outranks the foreign minister, will be the first senior Chinese official to visit the US since Trump took office.

One of his key duties will be making arrangements for a meeting between Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Wu Xinbo, director of Fudan University's Centre of American Studies said. 

Yang will also seek to connect with Trump's diplomatic team and meet key figures such as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, he added. 

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the two sides have been in "close contact and communication" about a possible meeting between the heads of state, but declined to give details of Yang's schedule or the message he was carrying to Washington.

"He will exchange views on bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest with senior officials from the US," Geng said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2017, 12:33