Letzte Aktualisierung: March 19, 2021

Tense atmosphere in Alaska

The first high-level face-to-face meeting between representatives of the new American government and representatives of the Chinese government and the Communist Party at the Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage has begun tense, as expected. Observers spoke of an icy and irritable atmosphere on the first of two days, casting doubt on whether a meeting between the two presidents, which had been brought into play by the Chinese side in the spring, would materialize.

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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