Antony Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in China on Sunday, the highest-level visit by a US official in over five years, as opposing countries seek to defuse escalating tensions.
Neither side anticipates any breakthroughs during Blinken’s two-day visit, as the world’s two largest economies are at odds on a wide range of topics ranging from trade to technology to regional security.

However, the two countries have increasingly expressed a desire for better stability, and they perceive a small window before elections next year in both the United States and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that Beijing has not ruled out conquering by force.