US-China talks foster optimism amid lingering tensions

Washington and Beijing both said the talks were productive and agreed to maintain communication. The meeting was held between US official Daniel Kritenbrink and China's Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, Ednews reports.
Talks between senior officials from the US and China have struck an optimistic note, with both sides agreeing to maintain open lines of communication, China's foreign ministry said.
"The two sides engaged in candid, constructive, and fruitful communication on enhancing Sino-U.S. relations, as well as managing and addressing differences," stated the ministry in a press release on Tuesday.
However, Beijing remains cautious about perceived "provocative" actions by the US, and the risk of potential clashes still lingers.
Statements released by Washington and Beijing regarding the meetings between Daniel Kritenbrink, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Chinese officials, including Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu, were positive, describing the discussions as candid and productive.
China said the two sides discussed "properly managing differences in accordance with the consensus reached by the two heads of state at their Bali meeting in November last year."


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