Amid the current tension, talks will be held today between senior US official and Chinese counterpart

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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US Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will host China's Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu in Washington today (Thursday), Voice of America (VOA) reports.

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The aim of this dialogue is to maintain open communication channels to prevent miscalculations and unintended conflicts, especially during these times of tension.

The two officials are expected to hold two hours of face-to-face talks, after which they will sit down for lunch at the State Department.

Later in the afternoon, US Deputy National Security Adviser Jon Finer will continue discussions with China's Deputy Foreign Minister, VOA reported.

Ma Zhaoxu's visit follows US Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Shanghai and Beijing in April.

According to officials, the agreement builds on the US' intense diplomacy with the PRC to responsibly manage competition in the relationship, even in areas where the two countries disagree.

“As we continue to take action to defend our interests and values ​​and the interests and values ​​of our allies and partners, we are also using face-to-face diplomacy with the PRC to clearly and directly convey our position and intentions and make progress on bilateral, regional, and global issues of importance to the American people and the world,” a State Department spokesperson said.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Ma will also “hold talks and dialogue with representatives from various sectors in the US” during his visit from May 30 to June 2.

During Blinken's visit to Beijing last month, he expressed “serious concerns” about China's support for Russia's defense industry and warned Chinese leaders that Washington could impose sanctions over the matter, VOA reported.

However, China has defended its approach towards Russia, saying it only conducts normal economic exchanges with a major trading partner.

Earlier on Wednesday, Campbell reiterated US warnings, saying Chinese support was helping revitalize Russia's military capabilities, including long-range missiles, artillery, drones and battlefield tracking.

During his visit to Brussels, the State Department's second-highest diplomat stressed the urgent need for European and NATO countries to “send a collective message of concern to China about its actions, which in our view are creating instability in the heart of Europe.”

The latest US-China talks come just days after China conducted a massive two-day military exercise involving 111 aircraft and 46 naval ships around Taiwan, VOA reported.

Furthermore, Washington has strongly urged Beijing to exercise restraint and reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait.

Meanwhile, on May 23, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for China and Taiwan Mark Lambert held a virtual meeting with Hong Liang, director-general of the PRC’s Boundary and Ocean Affairs Office.

During the meeting, US official Lambert expressed deep concern about the People's Liberation Army's joint military exercises in the Taiwan Strait and around Taiwan.

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