Sharman is the top official in the US to visit China since President Joe Biden took office six months ago. Sherman held separate closed-door meetings at the resort in Tianjin city with Xi, in charge of US-China relations, and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told Beijing that the list also included calls for the withdrawal of a judicial request from Canada to extradite Huawei official Meng Wanzhou, to end sanctions on Chinese officials and their families. Meng was arrested in Vancouver, Canada in 2018 on a bank fraud warrant issued by the previous Donald Trump administration.
China urged the removal of visa restrictions imposed on members of the ‘Communist Party of China’ and their families. It was also urged to lift restrictions imposed on Chinese students and companies and Confucian institutions. Sharman reached China from Mongolia on Sunday evening. The meeting took place in Tianjin as no meetings with foreign dignitaries are being held in Beijing due to the Kovid-19 protocol. After his arrival, Sharman offered condolences to the families of 69 people who lost their lives in floods and storms last week in China’s Henan province.
tension between the two countries
Before the talks, Wang Yi said on Saturday that China would tell the US how to deal with other countries. Relations between the two countries had deteriorated during the tenure of former US President Donald Trump and there is a situation of tension between the two on technology, cyber security, human rights and other matters.
In an interview on Saturday, Wang accused the US of considering itself the best and using its power to pressure other countries. “China will never accept a country that claims to be superior to others,” he told China’s Phoenix television. He had said, ‘If America has not learned to treat other countries equally, then it is the responsibility of China and the international community to help America learn that.’ (with agency input)