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Tense atmosphere in Alaska

Just how complicated relations between China and the US are is shown by the itinerary of Secretary of State Antony Blinken to the negotiating venue, where he flew back across the American continent from Washington via Japan and South Korea. It would have been easy for the American Secretary of State to travel two hours further to Beijing to make his inaugural visit. Instead, however, Blinken is flying back to Alaska. He thus forces Foreign Minister Wang to take an eight-hour flight and receive him on American soil. So China has to travel to the US, when in fact a new American coming into office wants to introduce himself. In any case, in this diplomatic game, the score is one to zero for Washington.

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