Blinken met China’s Wang Yi in Jakarta to 'manage competition responsibly’


US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken held a „frank and constructive” meeting with top Chinese diplomat Wang Yi in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta on Thursday.

The meeting between top US and Chinese diplomats in Jakarta for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meetings came less than a month after Blinken visited Beijing.

„The meeting was part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication to clarify U.S. interests on a range of issues and to responsibly manage competition by reducing the risk of misunderstandings and miscalculations. This is what the world expects from the U.S. and the U.S. People’s Republic of China (PRC),” spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement. said in the report.

Blinken and Wang Yi had „candid and constructive discussions on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including differences and potential areas of cooperation,” Miller said.

„The secretary stressed the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

According to the statement, Blinken used the meeting to „promote U.S. interests and values, directly raise concerns shared by the U.S. and allies and partners regarding Chinese actions” and „advance progress on transnational challenges” affecting people in the United States. China, and around the world.

„He made it clear that the United States, together with our allies and partners, will advance our vision for a free, open and rules-based international order. Both sides agreed to maintain open channels of communication in the weeks and months ahead,” Miller said.

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