US raises concern over  Xinjiang, Tibet, repression in Hong Kong to China 

US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi pictured together in Tianjin, China on Monday. Image: AP 

DHARAMSALA, 27 July: The US has raised the issue of genocide of Uyghurs, human rights abuse in Tibet, and China’s anti-democratic crackdown in Hong Kong with China at a meeting between top diplomats in Beijing.

The US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman has expressed the US’ concern during her meeting with the Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi during their meeting in Tianjin, China on Monday,  Ned Price, a State Department spokesperson has said.

The Deputy Secretary has also made the US’ concerns over China’s unwillingness to cooperate with the WHO on a second phase investigation of the origins of China originated COVID-19.

At the meet, the US has also raised the “cases of American and Canadian citizens detained in the PRC or under exit bans and reminded PRC officials that people are not bargaining chips.”

Other issues that were discussed at the meeting included “climate crisis, counter-narcotics, non-proliferation, and regional concerns including around the Korean peninsula, Iran, Afghanistan, and Burma.”

 The two leaders were also stated to have discussed “ways to set terms for responsible management of the US-China relationship.”

The US Deputy Secretary of State was in China on a two-day visit, for meetings with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other PRC officials from 25-26 July.

She has also expressed the US” sincere condolences for the lives lost in the devastating floods in Henan province this week.

While Sherman concluded her China visit, the US secretary of state landed in India on Tuesday evening to deepen bilateral ties with New Delhi and to discuss on stabilization of Afghanistan, Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific, counter-terrorism, and cementing of defense cooperation between the US and India. 

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