The foreign ministry announced late at night

On the evening of July 21, a reporter asked a foreign ministry spokesman a question: the US state department just announced that US Deputy Secretary of state Sherman will visit China from July 25 to 26. Can China confirm that?

A: the US side has proposed to arrange for US Deputy Secretary of state Sherman’s recent visit to China to exchange views with China on Sino US relations. The two sides agreed that Sherman will visit Tianjin from July 25 to 26. At that time, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, who is in charge of Sino US relations, will hold talks with Sherman. After that, State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi will meet with Sherman. China will make clear to the us its principled position on the development of Sino US relations and its firm attitude on safeguarding its own sovereign and security development interests, and demand that the US stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and harming China’s interests.

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US Deputy Secretary of state Sherman will visit China. Foreign media: he will be the highest level official visiting China after Biden administration takes office

US Deputy Secretary of state Sherman’s trip to East Asia has just begun, and US Defense Secretary Austin’s visit to Southeast Asia will also begin. According to US media reports, Sherman is currently on a visit to East Asia. His first stop is Japan. After that, he will also go to South Korea and Mongolia. Austin will leave for Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines on the 23rd of this month. Due to the two people’s continuous and intensive visits to Asia, many foreign media believe that the US side is trying to win over regional allies to deal with China. The US State Department announced on the same day that Sherman will visit China from July 25 to 26, AFP said on the 21st.

According to Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun on the 21st, Japan’s deputy foreign minister Kenzo Mori held a vice ministerial level consultation with Sherman and Choe Chung kin, the first official of the South Korean foreign ministry, in Tokyo that morning. This is the first tripartite consultation among the three countries since October 2017. In addition to discussing the DPRK issue, the three sides also talked about “China’s attempt to unilaterally change the status quo in the East and South China Seas” and the situation in Taiwan. Prior to this, Japan and the United States also held bilateral talks. According to Japanese media reports, Mori talked about the East China Sea and South China Sea issues, as well as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang during his meeting on the 20th. In addition, novel coronavirus pneumonia and other international issues were also agreed on by the two people on the basis of strengthening the alliance between Japan and the United States.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on the 21st that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang issues are all China’s internal affairs, and no external forces are allowed to interfere. The United States and Japan stick to the Cold War mentality, deliberately engage in group confrontation and try to create an anti China “encirclement circle”, which is totally against the trend of the times. The United States and Japan should immediately stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and undermining regional peace and stability.

China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman’s Office released a news on the US State Department’s announcement that Sherman will visit China on the 21st, saying that the US side hopes to arrange the US Deputy Secretary of state Sherman’s recent visit to China to exchange views with China on Sino US relations. The two sides agreed that Sherman will visit Tianjin from July 25 to 26. At that time, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng, who is in charge of Sino US relations, will hold talks with Sherman. After that, State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi will meet with Sherman. China will make clear to the us its principled position on the development of Sino US relations and its firm attitude on safeguarding its own sovereign and security development interests, and demand that the US stop interfering in China’s internal affairs and harming China’s interests. Sherman will be the highest ranking official to visit China after Biden’s administration takes office, AFP 21 said.