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January 16, 2024


Secretary Antony J. Blinken meets with People’s Republic of China CCP International Liaison Department Minister Liu Jianchao at the Department of State in Washington, D.C., January 12, 2024. (Official State Department photo by Chuck Kennedy)



The below is attributable to Spokesperson Matthew Miller:

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met today with People’s Republic of China (PRC) Minister of the International Liaison Department Liu Jianchao in Washington, D.C.

The two sides had a constructive discussion on a range of bilateral, regional, and global issues, including areas of potential cooperation and areas of difference.  They reaffirmed the importance of continuing to implement the progress made on key issues in the Summit between President Biden and President Xi in Woodside, California, in November 2023, particularly counter-narcotics cooperation and military-to-military communications.  The Secretary emphasized the importance of resolving the cases of American citizens who are wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China and raised U.S. concerns about PRC human rights abuses.

The Secretary reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the South China Sea.  The two sides exchanged views on regional and global issues, including Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and the Middle East, and the Secretary noted the importance of upholding and defending navigational rights and freedoms in the Red Sea and avoiding further escalation.

Both sides recognized the importance of continuing to maintain open channels of communication between the U.S. and the PRC.