Months after his first planned visit to China was postponed due to the detection of a Chinese spy balloon in American airspace, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is set to visit Beijing on June 18. The Biden administration has cast the visit as part of an ongoing effort to keep open communication and set guardrails as the geopolitical competition between the two countries deepens. But China has been reluctant to accept such overtures so long as the United States continues to adopt policies that China’s leadership perceives as containment of their country’s power and influence. Can the sustained high-level dialogue Blinken seeks in Beijing arrest this downward spiral of relations?
To explore this question and others, join us for a discussion ahead of Blinken’s visit featuring Michael Swaine, senior research fellow for East Asia, and Jake Werner, research fellow. Kelley Beaucar Vlahos, editorial director at Responsible Statecraft, will moderate.