Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will make a short trip to Washington on Wednesday, Beijing said at a time when diplomatic issues are numerous, including trade, Iran and North Korea.
The head of Chinese diplomacy is currently in Argentina where he attended a meeting of G20 foreign ministers and concludes an official visit. He will make a stopover in the US capital on his way back to China.
“During (this stay), Chinese and Americans will exchange their views on bilateral relations and issues of common interest,” said Lu Kang, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry.
No details were provided on the content of the discussions. But Wang Yi’s visit comes in a context of intense diplomatic news.
China and the United States have defused weeks of bilateral tensions this weekend, agreeing on a compromise to avoid a trade war.
Wang Yi will probably discuss the fate of the Iran nuclear deal. After the resurgent withdrawal of the United States in early May, Beijing had declared “regret” the US decision.
Chinese and Americans are also expected to discuss the impending historic summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump. The meeting is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
Finally, the issue of the South China Sea, a disputed area between several riparian countries, including some close to Washington, could also be on the agenda. The Pentagon has strongly criticized the recent and unpublished landing of Chinese bombers on an island controlled by Beijing in this maritime region.
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