US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is considering meeting with a Chinese counterpart at a security conference this week, the first meeting since the balloon incidents, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
Secretary of State Anthony Blinken Considers Meeting with Senior Chinese Diplomat Wang Yi at a security conference later this week, this will be the first face-to-face talks between senior diplomats since the Chinese balloon uproar led to a new flare-up of tensions.” – the message says.
It is noted that the meeting can take place between February 17 and 19 as part of the Munich Security Conference.
In early February, Blinken postponed his visit to China due to the balloon situation. He informed Wang Yi of his decision.
On February 12, the US military shot down the fourth air object in the last eight days, including a Chinese balloon that crossed the US and intercepted over the Atlantic. In Washington they say that the balloon was launched for the purpose of espionage, in Beijing they say that we are talking about a lost civilian weather balloon. The affiliation and purpose of the other three objects shot down the other day have not yet been determined, the Pentagon reported earlier.