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By Humeyra Pamuk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s high diplomat Wang Yi reconvened for a second day of conferences on Friday as the 2 rival powers talk about find out how to handle variations whereas laying groundwork for an anticipated summit between President Joe Biden and his counterpart Xi Jinping.

Wang arrived on the State Division late on Thursday and held a gathering with Blinken adopted by a dinner. The 2 diplomats engaged once more on Friday morning, sitting throughout from one another at a large desk with their senior aides earlier than journalists have been ushered out of the closed-door assembly.

Wang is about to move to the White Home and meet with U.S. Nationwide Safety Advisor Jake Sullivan afterward Friday. He’s additionally anticipated to talk with Biden, though it’s unclear how substantial their interplay can be.

Wang’s three-day go to is the most recent in a flurry of diplomatic engagements between China and the U.S., and the journey primarily is to arrange for an anticipated Xi-Biden summit in November on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation leaders assembly in San Francisco. China has but to announce whether or not Xi will attend.

The Israel-Hamas battle has added a recent dynamic to the testy relationship between the superpowers, and Washington is hoping Beijing can use its affect with Iran to stop an escalation right into a wider struggle within the Center East.

On Thursday, Wang advised Blinken that the 2 nations have disagreements and wish “in-depth” and “complete” dialogue to scale back misunderstandings and stabilize ties. “Not solely ought to we resume dialogue, the dialogue ought to be in-depth and complete,” Wang stated, talking by means of an interpreter.

The Biden administration’s precedence with Beijing has been to stop intense competitors between the 2 largest economies and disagreements on a bunch of points – together with commerce, Taiwan, human rights and the South China Sea – from veering into battle.

Nonetheless, whereas each Beijing and Washington have spoken about on the lookout for areas the place they’ll work collectively, and Xi stated on Wednesday that China was keen to cooperate on international challenges, specialists don’t count on quick progress.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk and Michael Martina; enhancing by Jonathan Oatis)

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