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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met in Malta over the weekend. The bilateral talks come ahead of a meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Joe Biden at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in November.
The last time Wang and Sullivan met was in Vienna. The Malta talks were held after several senior officials visited Beijing in recent months and just before that. Meeting between Mr. Wang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during this week.
This was announced by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Vice President Han Jeong becomes the country’s representative Mr. Wang and Mr. Xi have indicated they will not attend the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week.
The White House said the meeting was part of its ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and manage relations responsibly, but the Chinese side said the meeting was aimed at stabilizing Sino-US relations. He said he is focusing on improvements.
Wang and Sullivan discussed a number of issues, including global and regional security, Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Korean Peninsula, and stability in the Taiwan Strait.
The apparent disappearance of former Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and Defense Minister Li Shangfu was not on Mr. Wang and Mr. Sullivan’s official agenda in Malta. After Mr. Xi removed his successor, Mr. Qin, as foreign minister, Mr. Wang resumed his previous post as foreign minister.