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Newsline: Beijing’s ‘list diplomacy’ bedevils U.S.-China relations

Chinese Foreign Minister WANG YI sent Secretary of State ANTONY BLINKEN home from their bilat on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting in Bali with four lists of demands for U.S. action to resolve what Wang called unspecified “outstanding problems” in the relationship. They included the “List of U.S. Wrongdoings that Must Stop,” the “List of Key Individual Cases that China Has Concerns With,” the “List of Key China-related Legal Cases that China Has Concerns With” and the “List of China-U.S. Cooperation in Eight Areas.” It’s not the most sophisticated approach to 21st-century superpower diplomacy by a country that routinely urges the U.S. to view the bilateral relationship “in an objective and rational manner.” (https://www.politico.com/newsletters/politico-china-watcher/2022/07/14/beijings-list-diplomacy-bedevils-u-s-china-relations-00045717) The list titles would be comical if they didn’t reflect the Chinese government’s stubborn adherence to a transactional foreign policy approach hinged to U.S. concessions on issues of Chinese concern in exchange for progress in other areas of the relationship. Blinken has not publicly commented on the lists or his assessment of how they might complicate an already fraught U.S. China relationship. Both the Chinese embassy in Washington, D.C. and the State Department declined to comment for this report.

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