US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held “candid, substantive, and constructive” talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Beijing, the State Department said.
Sunday’s talks marked the start of the highest-level trip by a US official to China in nearly five years as the rival superpowers aim to stabilise strained relations.
“The Secretary emphasized the importance of diplomacy and maintaining open channels of communication across the full range of issues to reduce the risk of misperception and miscalculation,” State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said.
Blinken invited Qin to Washington, DC to continue discussions, added Miller.
Al Jazeera’s Katrina Yu reports from Beijing, China.
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