US NSA, Chinese diplomat hold 'candid, substantive' talks
US NSA, Chinese diplomat hold 'candid, substantive' talks

WASHINGTON: US National Security Adviser (NSA) Jake Sullivan met with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Communist Party of China's Political Bureau, for "frank, substantial, and fruitful" conversations, agreeing that open channels of communication are vital and useful. The meeting in Luxembourg on Monday, was a follow-up to their May 18 phone call, the White House said.

According to the White House, Sullivan and Yang had "constructive discussion of a number of regional and global security problems, as well as key issues in US-China relations."  The National Security Agency of the United States also "underscored the significance of having open lines of communication to control rivalry between our two countries," the report said.

Yang pointed out that US Vice President Joe Biden has repeatedly told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that Washington "does not seek a new Cold War or seek to change China's system, nor will it oppose China through strengthening alliances, support Taiwan independence, or seek a conflict with China." The two sides also discussed international and regional issues such as the Ukraine conflict and the nuclear situation on the Korean Peninsula.

Sullivan and Yang have already met before phone calls between Xi and Biden, who have yet to meet in person since the latter assumed office in January 2021. They last met for 110 minutes in March, when Biden tried to persuade Xi not to help Russia in its war in Ukraine.

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