US to stress need for ‘guardrails’ in Sherman’s talks in China

Dawn | Jul 25, 2021 at 9:03 AM
  • US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will tell China in upcoming talks that while Washington welcomes competition with Beijing, there needs to be a level playing field and guardrails to ensure that does not veer off into conflict, senior US officials said on Saturday.
  • On the heels of Sherman’s trip, Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin will next week travel to Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit India, signs of US efforts to intensify engagement as China challenges Washington’s influence in Asia.
  • If the talks go reasonably well, however, they could help set the stage for an eventual meeting between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, possibly on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Italy in late October.