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US And China Spar In 1st Face-To-Face Meeting Under Biden

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FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2020, file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian speaks during a daily briefing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing. China said Friday, March 19, 2021, a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” resulted from talks with top American diplomats in Alaska, continuing the contentious tone of the first face-to-face meetings under the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

(AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials are set to meet again after sparring over sharply different views of each other and the world in their first face-to-face talks since President Joe Biden took office. After a contentious opening Thursday, the two sides traded barbs, with the U.S. accusing the Chinese delegation of “grandstanding” and Beijing firing back Friday by saying there was a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” that was entirely the fault of the Americans. Secretary of State Antony Blinken says the Biden administration is united with its allies in pushing back against Chinese authoritarianism. Chinese Communist Party foreign affairs chief Yang Jiechi accuses Washington of hypocrisy on human rights and other issues.

 

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