It only took one meeting for hopes of a reset in US-China relations under a Biden presidency to evaporate — instead alliances are fast forming on either side of an old dividing line: democracy.
US President Joe Biden has pledged that if Washington returns to the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, the US would only withdraw once again if Iran violates the terms of the agreement. This commitment meets Iran’s demand that the US will not, once again,
The "phase one" deal is also a boon for Donald Trump as he faces an impeachment trial and a tough re-election fight this year, with the US president hailing the agreement as "momentous".
The US Embassy in Beijing said a 60-year-old citizen diagnosed with the virus died in Wuhan. All five new cases in France are those of British nationals – French health minister.
The acting head of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said earlier that Washington was blocking visas "for certain Chinese graduate students and researchers with ties to China's military fusion strategy to prevent them from stealing and otherwise appropriating sensitive research."
Blinken was to begin two days of talks with senior Chinese officials in the afternoon. He is the highest-level American official to visit China since President Joe Biden took office and the first Secretary of State to make the trip in five years.
The US is slowly recovering from 40-year high price inflation and is on track to hit its statutory debt ceiling, setting up an expected political showdown between congressional Democrats and Republicans.
Democrat Biden won the race to the White House on Saturday but President Donald Trump is yet to concede and has gone ahead to file a lawsuit challenging the election outcome.
Washington strenuously denied Beijing's charges as "false" and insisted it was China alone that has surreptitiously flown spy balloons, as tensions ramped up between the two superpowers.