`Abandon Cold War mentality`: US, Chinese officials clash during talks in Alaska


"Show (the US) that China is not to be trifled with", wrote one comment on the Twitter-like Weibo, responding to a video of the meeting.

President Biden's top diplomat and national security adviser opened a meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Anchorage, Alaska, on Thursday, and the high-stakes talks got off to a frosty start.

But when Blinken spoke of the "rules-based global order", and expressed "deep concerns" with China's behavior in "Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyberattacks on the United States, economic coercion toward our allies", Jiechi struck back.

Blinken said China's actions threatened the global order and human rights. When the media was again ushered out, Yang told reporters to "wait" and raised a finger at the US side, accusing Blinken of speaking in a condescending tone.

Yang Jiechi, director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office for China addresses the US delegation at the opening session of US-China talks.

"The United States uses its military force and financial hegemony to carry out long-arm jurisdiction and suppress other countries", he reportedly said.

China has sharply reacted to the European Union's agreement to impose sanctions on Chinese officials over involvement in human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Earlier this week, Kurt Campbell, Biden's Indo-Pacific Co-ordinator, told Nine Newspapers the United States would only engage productively with China if it left Australia alone.

Clearly not content with Yang overstepping the mark, Blinken responded: "Given your extended remarks, let me add a few of my own".

"It's good that we're opening up these channels of communication", a senior USA official told reporters during a briefing Tuesday night, with a second adding, "This is very much about sitting down, getting an understanding of each other, and then taking that back and taking stock".

Afterwards, the U.S. delegation accused China of violating the agreed protocol of two minutes of opening remarks by each side.

According toCNN, the Chinese had accused the other side of being "condescending", while a U.S. official said the representatives from Beijing seemed "intent on grandstanding".

The American diplomats aim to be on the front foot in the talks, USA officials have said.

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The Biden administration has made clear that it is looking for a change in behavior from China, which has expressed hope to reset relations that had worsened drastically under former U.S. president Donald Trump. On Thursday, Blinken said Washington hoped to see China uses its influence with North Korea to persuade it to give up its nuclear weapons.

Biden has vowed to take a strong, but more-nuanced approach to China than his predecessor Donald Trump - standing up with allies for human rights and against economic coercion, but seeking common ground on issues like climate change.

"Is that the way that you had hoped to conduct this dialogue?" said Yang, according to CNN reporter Kevin Liptak.

"Their belligerence and false accusations should serve as a wake-up call to the Biden administration about exactly who they are dealing with", he said.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, speaking in Beijing, said American officials at the Alaska meetings had provoked Chinese officials into making a "solemn response" after USA officials made "groundless attacks" against Chinese foreign and domestic policies.

But the two sides appear primed to agree on very little at the talks, which were expected to run into the Anchorage evening and continue on Friday.

According to United States reporter Christina Ruffini, both sides were "trying to have the last word".

The meetings were seen as a first step in rebuilding badly-damaged ties between the two countries, however the U.S. predicted before the meeting that discussions would be "pretty tough".

Mr Yang questioned Mr Blinken on Thursday about whether the sanctions were announced ahead of the meeting on objective.

"I'm hearing deep satisfaction that the United States is back, that we're reengaged", Mr Blinken retorted.

China rejects United States charges that it has committed genocide against ethnic and religious minorities and says the camps provide vocational training to help stamp out Islamist extremism and separatism.

China firmly opposes U.S. interference in what it regards as its internal affairs, issues such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang.