The US delegation will head in China, South Korea and Japan, led by Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kreitenbrink and Director senior of the National Security Council for China and Taiwan Laura Rosenberger from 11 to 14 December. In China, Kreitenbrink will have to finish what Biden started after his last meeting with Xi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Bali in mid-November. Biden and Xi pledged at the time to “continue to responsibly manage the competition between the two countries and explore potential areas of cooperation,” according to the US State Department. Biden and Xi have spoken in particular of controversial issues, including the future of Taiwan, US restrictions on imports of Chinese technology products and the expansion of Chinese influence.
Likewise, Kreitenbrink will prepare for the visit of State Secretary Antony Blinken in China, scheduled for early 2023, which will be the first of its kind by a top US diplomat in four years.