Secretary of State Antony Blinken to be on the table during next trip to Beijing The problem with fentanyl, whose chemical precursor is exported from China to Mexicoaccording to Washington, where the substance was manufactured.
“We hope to express our concerns about China’s activities in various areas during our visit,” State Department spokesman Matt Miller said at a daily briefing.
Miller emphasized that the U.S. concerns are ‘Well known’ and includes fentanyl traffickingtensions with Taiwan and Beijing’s “alliance” with Moscow in the Ukraine war.
In recent months, friction between Washington and Mexico has escalated over fentanyl, an opioid that Record drug overdose deaths in U.S.as both governments accuse the other of not doing enough to stem its diversion and consumption.
“We believe we have strengthened America’s ability to outperform China through the economic actions and policies we have adopted. We think it’s important to keep those lines of communication open. “White House spokeswoman Karin Jean-Pierre said at her daily news briefing.
As far as he is concerned, The Government of Mexico has denied that the substance was produced on its territory. And it took aim at China, which also refused to support its exports.
Blinken denounced Beijing during his Senate appearance last May No “Real Collaboration” Join Washington in curbing drug trafficking.
“So we’re looking at this trip as a way to build those lines of communication and leverage them in future meetings and future trips,” Miller emphasized.
The US diplomatic leader will discuss the matter directly with his counterparts June 18-19 Trip to Beijingannounced on Wednesday.
As a result, Blinken will resume a visit to Beijing that he postponed last February after denouncing the existence of so-called Chinese spy balloons In US airspace.
The main purpose of this trip is to Keep the lines of communication open Between the two powers, it was the first time since 2018 that a US secretary of state met the Asian giant.
For the speaker, This is the “responsible” way to handle tension. “China has taken and will continue to take provocative measures. (…) That’s why we believe fierce competition requires fierce diplomacy,” he said.
State Department representatives explained on Wednesday that while the U.S. and China disagree on many issues, “It is important for the two largest world powers to be able to communicate Do it in a direct manner so that their rivalry does not lead to conflict.”