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Bid to setup groundwork for Blinken, a US State Department Senior official makes a low-key visit to China. Is US having a change of heart and ‘seeking peace’?

Rick Waters, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and Coordinator at the newly established Office of China Coordination (“China House”) in the US State Department, visited China last week. He carried out in-depth exchanges with representatives from business and academic circles in Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing including others, reported Global Times on 27 March. Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post cited experts and wrote that the visit is part of the “working-level communication” between China and the US. This is the first visit to China by a high-ranking US official since last December. During his trip, Waters intended to seek opinion from Chinese representatives, in order to prepare for a possible visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China.


Chhavi Raj

Chhavi Raj is a PhD researcher in Chinese Studies, CCSEAS, SLLCS, JNU. He recently completed his MPhil on the topic “Cultural, Historical Trajectories of the US-China Relations and the Role of Anson Burlingame”.

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