US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told his Chinese counterpart that China’s support for Russia’s war in Ukraine is exacerbating the US-Chinese relations at a time when they are already “beset by rifts and enmity over” a long list of other issues. 

However, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi blamed the US for deteriorating their diplomatic relations. He stated that American policy had been thwarted by what he referred to as a mistaken perception of China as a “threat. 

“Many people believe that the United States is suffering from a China-phobia. If such threat-expansion is allowed to grow, the US policy toward China will be a dead end with no way out.”

During their first in-person meeting since October, Blinken said he voiced “deep concern” about China’s standpoint on Russia’s activities in Ukraine. However, he did not believe Beijing’s objections that it is unbiased in the discord. The discussion lasted for five hours.