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Readout of National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Meeting with Politburo Member Yang Jiechi
October 7, 2021

OCTOBER 06, 2021

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan today met with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission Yang Jiechi in Zurich, Switzerland. Their meeting followed up on the September 9 phone call between President Biden and President Xi in which the leaders discussed the importance of maintaining open lines of communication to responsibly manage the competition between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Mr. Sullivan also raised areas where the United States and the PRC have an interest in working together to address vital transnational challenges, and ways to manage risks in our relationship. Mr. Sullivan raised a number of areas where we have concern with the PRC’s actions, including actions related to human rights, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, the South China Sea, and Taiwan. Mr. Sullivan made clear that while we will continue to invest in our own national strength and work closely with our allies and partners, we will also continue to engage with the PRC at a senior level to ensure responsible competition.