Sherman to urge China to respect competition rules - state department

Saturday, 24. July 2021 18:33

United States Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will make it clear to Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng during their meeting that "while we welcome stiff and sustained competition" with Beijing "everyone needs to play by the same rules and on a level playing field," the State Department said on Saturday.

The department said that having a "frank and open discussion, even – perhaps especially – where we disagree, is critical to reducing the potential for misunderstandings between our countries," particularly as "there are important global challenges where the US and China both have an interest and where we think it's important to exchange views and explore potential areas for cooperation."

It added Sherman will be representing the US and its allies while stressing that "we aren't seeking an anti-China coalition [...] but rather trying to work together in a multilateral fashion to uphold the international rules-based order." The department also pointed out Washington is "not afraid to impose costs for China's behavior that undermines international norms."

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