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US, China set to explore areas of cooperation

The talks between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese counterpart Wang Yi will seek to address tensions between the world’s two largest economies, the first in months after tensions strained over issues including Taiwan. A top US official for East Asia said the pair would discuss “guardrails” on competition, but said they would also explore areas of cooperation. Blinken recently identified Beijing as the main threat to world order. The meeting comes as US President Joe Biden voices hope for a conversation in the coming weeks with Chinese President Xi Jinping, with whom he last spoke in March. US concerns have also been growing over Taiwan, with Biden vowing to defend the island if China invades the self-governing democracy that it views as its territory.

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