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US, China wrap up testy 1st face-to-face talks under Biden

Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, speaks to Toshimitsu Motegi, Japan's foreign minister, and Nobuo Kishi, Japan's defense minister, both not pictured, during the two plus two security talks at Iikura guest house in Tokyo Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Kiyoshi Ota/Pool Photo via AP)

By MATTHEW LEE and MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Top U.S. and Chinese officials have wrapped up two days of contentious talks in Alaska after having traded sharp and unusually public barbs over vastly different views of each other and the world in their first face-to-face meeting since President Joe Biden took office. The two sides finished their meetings on Friday after an opening session in which they attacked each other with few diplomatic niceties. The U.S. has accused the Chinese delegation of “grandstanding” and Beijing has fired back, saying there was a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” that was entirely the fault of the Americans.

 


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