Jake Sullivan, White House national security adviser, speaks during an interview at an Economic Club of Washington event in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
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WASHINGTON — U.S. and Chinese officials met for 2 days in Vienna to debate a spread of topics, including Russia’s war in Ukraine, amid tensions between the world’s two largest economies.
“The 2 sides had candid, substantive, and constructive discussions on key issues within the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, global and regional security issues, Russia’s war against Ukraine, and cross-Strait issues, amongst other topics,” the White House said Thursday in a readout of the meeting between Biden’s national security advisor Jake Sullivan and China’s top diplomat Wang Yi.
The White House said it goals to maintain up open communication with China, as Washington increasingly sharpens its rhetoric around Beijing’s policies across the globe. The U.S. has tried to discourage Beijing from providing weapons or other support for Moscow’s war effort.
The White House National Security Council and the State Department didn’t reply to CNBC’s requests for more details on the meeting.
The White House said the 2 sides agreed to proceed the “strategic channel of communication” and construct on the meeting between Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Bali, Indonesia last yr.
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