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Blinken visit reveals chasm in how U.S. and China perceive rivalry

By David Pierson and Edward Wong

21 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. Nationalistic commentary in China surrounding U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken's visit to Beijing portrays him as a supplicant to Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

SINGAPORE — An austere greeting on the airport tarmac in Beijing sans a red carpet. A stone-faced handshake from China’s top foreign policy official. A seat looking up at the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, perched at the head of a long table.

To international audiences, the optics of Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s two-day visit to Beijing barely raised any eyebrows. Foreign ministers are rarely, if ever, met with much fanfare at the airport. And an audience with a head of state alone is a sign of great importance and respect.

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