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( – Secretary of State Antony Blinken is trying to reschedule his visit to China, but Beijing appears to be unresponsive to his attempts.

In February following the incident with the Chinese spy balloon which traversed across the U.S., the Biden administration had put off Blinken’s scheduled trip to Beijing. The balloon was eventually shot down by the U.S. military off the coast of the Carolinas. Ever since then the Biden administration has tried to resume high-level talks with Beijing, as well as reschedule Blinken’s trip. Among the hopes of the administration is that they will also be able to arrange a phone call between President Joe Biden and Chinese Leader Xi Jinping.

However, China does not appear to be as willing to participate in these talks, especially following Wednesday’s meeting in California between Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy. The lack of engagement on China’s part is further evidence of the high tension in the relationship between China and the U.S. currently.

Beijing appears to also become increasingly resentful of the U.S. selling arms to Taiwan, a move which China claims is helping support Taiwan’s pro-independence elements.

Prior to the cancellation of the meeting, the U.S. has long tried to ensure that it continues to have stable communications with both Russia and China, as those are considered its two major adversaries. However, it appears that the fallout in the communication between China and the U.S. may even lead to a major crisis.

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