Senior officials of the U.S. and China will hold a meeting in Hawaii in an attempt to ease tensions between the two countries, which is growing on the background of the pandemic coronavirus and mutual accusations between Washington and Beijing. This is reported by the American edition of Politico and the Chinese newspaper The South China Morning Post.
When exactly the meeting will be held is currently unknown. As Politico writes, the U.S. state Department and the Chinese Embassy in the United States declined to comment. According to the publication, the American delegation will be headed by Secretary of state Mike Pompeo. Morning Post notes that the Chinese delegation will probably be headed by the foreign Minister, Politburo member of the Communist party, Yang Jiechi.
The Chinese newspaper said that this meeting could be the first round of talks between the US and China for nearly six months: last time high-ranking representatives of the countries met on 15 January 2020, when the President of the United States Donald trump took at the White house, Vice Premier of China, Liu He.
Since then, relations between Beijing and Washington has seriously deteriorated due to pandemic coronavirus (United States accused Beijing of concealing information about the beginning of the outbreak), mutual accusations in connection with the suppression of protests in Hong Kong and mass actions in the United States for the murder of an African American, George Floyd, as well as military activity the two countries in the Taiwan Strait and the South China sea, The South China Morning Post.