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Krista Wiegand

In the weeks building up to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to China on June 18-19, 2023, there was a lot of uncertainty in both the United States and China about the purpose and possible outcomes of the visit. When Blinken left Washington, D.C., it wasn’t even clear if he would be able to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He did.

The meeting took place just two weeks after a Chinese naval vessel crossed within 150 yards of a U.S. destroyer, in what the U.S. military called “an unsafe maritime interaction” in the Taiwan Strait. It was not an isolated incident. Three weeks before Blinken and Xi sat down, a Chinese fighter jet came dangerously close to a U.S. surveillance plane over the South China Sea.

Not surprisingly, these two close interactions heightened tensions at a time when relations between the two countries were already strained.

Krista Wiegand, professor of political science and scholar of international relations specializing in Indo-Pacific security issues, shares her expertise on U.S. and China relations. Read the full article at The Conversation.

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