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No information now on possible China-U.S. 'high level' meeting: spokesperson

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2021-03-11 08:41:27Xinhua Editor : Li Yan ECNS App Download

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Wednesday responded to a possible "senior-level" meeting between China and the United States, saying he has no information to provide at present.

The South China Morning Post cited a source earlier on Tuesday as saying that China and the United States were in discussions about a meeting in Alaska between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee as well as Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

When asked about the report, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told a press briefing that Chinese President Xi Jinping held a telephone conversation with U.S. President Joe Biden on eve of the Spring Festival, and both sides agreed to keep communication channels open.

"As for the specific issue you mentioned, I have no information to provide you at present," Zhao said.

It is also reported that White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told a regular news briefing earlier that the administration was "directly engaged" with China, but that she didn't have "any details finalized or confirmed at this point."

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