Deputy Secretary Blinken traveled to Beijing on October 29 for meetings with Chinese officials, including for the third round of the Interim Strategic Security Dialogue (ISSD).
The dialogue, co-chaired by Deputy Secretary Blinken and Chinese Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, is the highest level civilian-military dialogue between the United States and China. This session discussed the response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and destabilizing behavior, as well and maritime and other issues of mutual interest. The co-chairs were joined in the dialogue by Acting Under Secretary Tom Countryman, Special Representative for North Korea Policy Joseph Yun, and David Shear, who is performing the duties of the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. On the Chinese side, Deputy Chief of the International Military Cooperation Office Rear Admiral Li Ji, and other senior defense and civilian officials participated. The dialogue is designed to enhance mutual understanding of strategic security issues and reiterate the importance of continued in-depth, sustained, and open communication, to further develop a stable and cooperative strategic security relationship between China and the United States.