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 AAMER MADHANI Associated Press
The White House is setting low expectations ahead of Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan’s first face-to-face meeting with their Chinese counterparts. Blinken and Sullivan are set to meet Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska, with State Councilor Wang Yi and the foreign affairs chief of the Chinese Communist Party, Yang Jiechi. The U.S. side says the meeting will be a “starting” opportunity to address intense disagreements over trade and human rights as well as the coronavirus pandemic.