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Blinken is traveling a long way to talk with China. Good.

17 Jun 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's two-day trip to China is the first high-level visit since 2018, highlighting the need for a resumption of dialogue between the two nations. The Post argues that it's time for regular high-level visits between the world's two largest economies.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken's two-day trip to China, beginning Sunday, is his first since assuming office and the first by a U.S. secretary of state since Mike Pompeo went in 2018. That is too long a hiatus for the top diplomats of the world's two largest economies, and top two trading nations, to have high-level visits. It's past time for a resumption of dialogue.

The lengthy pause can be partly chalked up to China's rigid pandemic restrictions: The country largely closed itself to outside visitors under its now-abandoned "zero covid" strategy. But the five-year gap is also a reflection of the increasingly fraught relationship between the two superpowers and how mutual suspicion and finger-pointing have replaced regular dialogue and open channels of communication.

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