Washington/Beijing: It has been reported that a meeting of senior leaders from the United States and China was held in Hawaii, at a time, when the disputes over Coronavirus pandemic, South China Sea, Hongkong and bilateral trade are at their peak. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, met Yang Jiechi, the Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Communist Party of China, which has unrestrained power in the country, on the Hawaiian Islands, in the Pacific Ocean. This meeting becomes significant, against the background of the US efforts to corner China on the issues of Coronavirus pandemic and Hongkong.
It is reported that the US and Chinese leaders held discussions for seven long hours, at the Hickam air force base, on the Hawaiian Islands of the United States, in the Pacific Ocean. Sources from both the sides claimed that the proposal for the meeting came from the other side. As reported in the US media, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, tried to exert pressure on China, taking an aggressive stand on most issues.
The US-China relations have taken a turn for the worse over the last few months. The United States is aggressively pushing the issue that China is responsible for the Coronavirus pandemic, which caused massive casualties in the United States. At the same time, the United States is trying to corner China over the issues of fleecing the United States in the bilateral trade, Chinese activities in the South China Sea, Hongkong, Taiwan and the issue regarding the Uyghur people. The US President also had offered to mediate in the tension being created by China on the Indian border.
Since the last few months, US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have been consistently castigating China. Along with these two, other senior leaders and officials too, are targeting China. Major political decisions have also been taken to pressurise China. Analysts claim that as a result of the statements made by the US leaders and the decisions of the Trump administration, these two countries are on the brink of a ‘Cold War’.
In such a scenario, the meeting of senior US and Chinese leaders becomes important. Cheng Lee, the chief of China Centre in the study group ‘Bookings Institution’, from the United States, called this meeting ‘Nixon Coming to China Moment’. In the year 1972, the then US President Richard Nixon had visited China, despite not having any diplomatic relations with China. Chang Lee has referred to this visit while speaking about the Pompeo- Yang Jiechi meeting.
Foreign departments of both, the United States and China have issued independent statements regarding the meeting claiming that it was agreed to continue with the dialogue in the coming times. But supporting information endorsing the claim has not been officially released.