U.S. and China to Hold First High-Level Meeting in Alaska Next Week

Washington, DC–The first face-to-face high level meeting under Biden administration between the United States and China will be held next week in Alaska.

According to a written statement of the State Department, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet on March 18 in Anchorage with People’s Republic of China Director of the Office of the Central Commission for Foreign Affairs Yang Jiechi and State Councilor Wang Yi.

The meeting will take place following Blinken’s trip to Japan and South Korea.  A range of issues are to be discussed, according to the State Department.

“It was important to us that this administration’s first meeting with Chinese officials be held on American soil and occur after we have met and consulted closely with partners and allies in both Asia and Europe,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said today at the press briefing.

“The meeting is an opportunity to address a wide range of issues, including ones where we have deep disagreements,” Psaki added.