Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met after the negotiations in Shanghai. Progress is starting to show in the Trade War, and the two worked out other issues at the meeting. It was expected to be a “cold shoulder” type of meeting, but the two diplomats worked out their differences to get the job done.
China remained low key in the meeting and mostly focused on the full denuclearization of North Korea. Wang stated Beijing wants a “step-by-step” process of the United States and North Korea talks to make this happen. Pompeo and Wang agreed on most topics, and it is a step in the right direction to fixing the tension between the two nations when it comes to economic differences.
Pompeo took to Twitter to let the world know how the meeting went, as he stated, “While in Bangkok, I had an in-depth exchange of views with Chinese State Councilor Wang Yi on U.S.-China relations and North Korea, among other important topics of mutual concern. When it advances U.S. interests, we are ready to cooperate with China.”
Pompeo is one of the biggest critics of China in the Trump administration. Last year, in Bejing, Wang publicly rebuked Pompeo and accused the United States of destroying the trust between China and the U.S. China was expected to downplay the meeting as Hua Chunying, the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman told reporters Wednesday, “It is imperative for China and the U.S., as two major countries, to stay in communication and have candid discussions on important issues.”
There were heavy disagreements from previous events such as the trade war, the South China Sea, human rights, Taiwan, and the Huawei Technologies Co. Mike Pompeo was set to fan out the flames as he is meeting with diplomats from all over the area, including Taiwan, and he is on a mission to work with everyone to resolve the issues at hand. Beginning in China, it worked because there are resolutions in the making from the outcome of the meeting. All of this just after two weeks ago, China released white papers saying the U.S. was undermining Global Stability and verbally attacked the U.S.
M. Taylor Fravel, the author of “Active Defense: China’s Military Strategy Since 1949” and a professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, stated, “This year’s white paper was the first to be much more explicit about Chinese concerns regarding the United States. The references to the U.S. reflect the deepening tensions and rivalry between the two countries.”
Though the U.S. is more concerned with the economic fix and negotiations through the trade war, China feels the U.S. instigated the Hong Kong protest. They called on Washington to “remove its black hand from the demonstrations.” The State Department blew off the accusations and called it “ridiculous.” It is just another act of pointing the finger and passing on the blame to the U.S. because the U.S. had nothing to do with a riot breaking out in China. It is their own people to blame who decided to protest.
Hua Chunying stated, “It’s clear that Mr. Pompeo has put himself in the wrong position and still regards himself as the head of the CIA. He might think that violent activities in Hong Kong are reasonable because after all, this is the creation of the U.S.” She also added, “In the media footage of the violent protests, many U.S. faces appeared among the protesters, even U.S. national flags at one point. What role does the U.S. play exactly in the recent Hong Kong protests? The U.S. owes the world an explanation on this matter.”
China has also heavily criticized the U.S. Secretary of State, so it was time the two meet and resolve the escalating tension. With China’s criticism, they are not so innocent in the matter.
North Korea is what broke the ice between the two diplomats. China is 100 percent backing the United States to push for North Korea to lay down its nuclear arms projects.
China’s leader Xi Jinping met Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang back in June when he visited North Korea, and the Chinese leader urged the North Korean leader to continue its talks with the United States. China has an influence on North Korea since the two nations are both Communist allies and can help push the issue on denuclearizing North Korea. Pompeo used the common ground to his advantage to resolve the issues the two nations faced.