WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is dispatching White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan for talks with senior Chinese foreign policy adviser Yang Jiechi in Switzerland as the two countries find themselves at odds on a variety of issues, including Taiwan and trade.
The meeting, set for today in Zurich, comes after the White House on Monday criticized Beijing over several days of sustained military harassment against the self-ruled island of Taiwan.
The talks will be a follow-up on Biden's call with President Xi Jinping last month as the administration continues "to seek to responsibly manage the competition" between the two countries, White House National Security Council spokesperson Emily Horne said in a statement.
The White House this week raised concerns Beijing was undermining regional peace and stability with its "provocative" action. In recent days, China has sent dozens of fighter planes toward Taiwan — including a record 56 on Monday.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a speech Monday she plans frank conversations with officials in Beijing about an interim trade deal aimed at resolving a tariff war.
Tai said she did not want to "inflame trade tensions with China." But her comments suggested Biden will continue enforcing tough tariffs against China adopted by his predecessor, Donald Trump.