US, China open annual dialogue with ‘candid, to-the-point’ talks

(From Reuters)

By David Brunnstrom

The United States and China held “candid and to-the-point” talks at the start of three days of cabinet-level meetings aimed at managing the highly complex relationship between the world’s two biggest economies, a senior U.S. official said.

The U.S. side, led on Monday by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, reiterated U.S. concerns about China’s pursuit of territorial claims in the South China Sea, the official said.

U.S. worries about cybersecurity following massive attacks on government computers that U.S. officials have blamed on Chinese hackers would also be addressed “in very direct terms,” the official said. Read more


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  • Win T Pu

    The writers of this article need to give us more meat that the monotonous recital of high profile heckling of China by American press and Jingoists. There arenot enough issues mentioned in this article on cooperative potentials.

    The US team has 8 Secretaries [Ministers] participating. China’s 600 strong group has 40 Ministerial Officials of which 13 are Senior Ministers. China is bringing as serious a team as, if not a little bit more serious a team than US. With $500B in trade, the corporations and sectors benefitting from this trade are in the background setting the issues and agenda but reuters is unable or unwilling to inform the public on them. These include the Wal-Marts, the Autos, the Aeropace, the Electronics industries who want unfettered trade, no trade war, and not even diplomatic quarrels.

    One big elephant [rather Panda] in the room is the massive trillions that China is investing outside China and America wanted to get its lion’s share of it. Given China already is asked by EU to invest in their infra-structural bank, would America refuse to extend their hands out because the American infra-structure system is way past the due date. So the Chinese side will be seeking to tie down terms of welcome so as to plan their investments in America or threaten to take their money elsewhere. China overwhelmingly leads the world in green energy investments, yet the private firm which bought a solar farm was specifically obstructed by Obama. That will surely be an issue on the table tied to further investments. It may be time for China to set an agreed upon quota by sector that America has to facilitate rather than obstruction. There should be clear agreement on non-tariff barriers, especially security canards, some form of binding bilateral arbitration board.

    On trade there will be many issues raised by the Chinese and the Americans. Anti-monopoly practices of foreign firms will be a subject the lobbyist will want America to raise and there will be no agreement and no push either as the past few major cases all were so heavily evidenced that the American negotiators will have no leg to stand on. Look at the Canadian soft wood lumber case, American lobbyists got the government to bully Canada. On this template, American industries have their pet peeves of quasi protectionism and they will occupy part of the time as well.

    On the cybersecurity issue, the Chinese will be prepared with harsher condemnation of the NSA caught redhandedness. That in my view is why the American side has made a lot of public heckling of quasi-accusations.

    This is the post-AIIB era now and US had self-inflected such a monstrous loss of face that the whole negotiating atmosphere will be tectonically different. Any talk of “International Community has concern over your…..” will be laughed at very politely. If y’all will recall last year, pre-AIIB, before the APEC summit in Beijing, the advance team negotiations was so silly that they finally resolved to at least give Obama somethin’ to take home called an agreement, on Carbon emissions. So obviously Obama got a consolation prize for coming to Beijing. That was a point owed the Chinese side and now they will gently but surely collect back.