The US ambassador to China said on Friday that he was not “optimistic” about the future of US-China relations.
“I do not feel optimistic about the future of relations between the United States and China. I feel that we need to see how things develop. We had a very good and productive meeting in California, so can we now maintain that engagement? Can we maintain our commitments?” Nicholas Burns explained in a question session. And answers to the Brookings Institution, referring to President Biden’s meeting last month with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in San Francisco.
He added that he lived through the “roller coaster” in which China cut off communications and then restored them.
He added: “So, I cannot say that I am optimistic. I am cautious, and perhaps realistic.” “Hope. But hope is different from optimism.”
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Earlier in the event, Burns described China as the most important relationship for the United States over the next two decades.
“We are the two leading economies in the world and we will be in the 2030s and 2040s,” he said. “We are the two most powerful militaries in the world, and we will almost certainly be so for the next two decades. We are the two countries with the greatest global reach if you think about the economic, societal, political and strategic breadth that most countries have. We compete for global power as well as regional power.”
Earlier this week, while speaking with the Council on Foreign Relations, Burns said, “We are not on good terms,” but said the administration had been able to “reconnect the two governments.”
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Burns said Friday that he believes there is a “high degree of bipartisanship” between left and right on the threat from China, which he said “wants to become the most powerful power in the Indo-Pacific region. And I think that’s irrefutable. That’s their goal.” .
Speaking with the Council on Foreign Relations this week, he said the administration defended former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to visit Taiwan in 2022. “We felt it was important to defend her right as an equal head of a branch of government,” he added. The United States government, but that has already sent – the consequences have sent the relationship [with China] In a state of chaos.”
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He added that as of this spring, in the wake of the Chinese spy balloon incident in February, “we have had very few communications of a high-level nature between the United States and China.”