December 11, 2023

BANGKOK  — California Gov. Gavin Newsom had a shock assembly with China’s chief Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday after being warmly welcomed by different senior leaders in a show of friendliness that stands in sharp distinction to the dialogue between the USA and China lately.

The governor is on a weeklong tour of China the place he’ll push for local weather cooperation. Newsom’s journey as governor, as soon as thought-about routine, is drawing consideration because it comes after years of heightening tensions between the U.S. and China.

“I’m right here in expectation, as you recommend, of turning the web page, of renewing our friendship and reengaging (on) foundational and basic points that can decide our collective religion sooner or later,” Newsom stated in short opening remarks forward of his assembly with Wang Yi, China’s prime diplomat earlier within the day.

Although Newsom is right here to push a local weather cooperation agenda, Chinese language officers took the chance in welcome speeches forward of the closed-door conferences to speak about U.S.-China relations, as Wang prepares to go to the U.S. on Thursday.

Newsom and Xi mentioned methods to “speed up our progress on local weather in significant and substantive methods,” the California governor stated at a information convention, however didn’t point out extra specifics.

In addition they talked about fentanyl, an artificial drug and main killer of younger individuals within the U.S., and China’s function in combating the transnational transport of precursor chemical substances, Newsom stated.

In accordance with China’s state broadcaster CCTV, Xi advised Newsom: “I hope your go to will improve mutual understanding between the 2 sides and play a constructive function in increasing cooperation between China and California and selling the wholesome and steady improvement of Sino-U.S. relations.”

Xi could attend the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation summit in San Francisco subsequent month and meet with President Joe Biden, though China has not formally confirmed his attendance.

Newsom is visiting Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and the provinces of Guangdong and Jiangsu. At a speech at Hong Kong College on Monday, he promised to proceed to cooperate on local weather change whatever the consequence of the following U.S. presidential election.

He stated he raised human rights points with Wang and the 2 additionally mentioned Taiwan, a red-line difficulty for Beijing. China claims the self-ruled island as a part of its personal territory.

“I expressed my help for the One-China coverage … in addition to our need to not see independence,” Newsom stated, referring to the official U.S. coverage that acknowledges the Communist Get together because the ruling authorities of China. Formally, the U.S. doesn’t acknowledge Taiwan however is its greatest unofficial ally.

Wang, the pinnacle of the Communist Get together’s workplace of overseas affairs, stated he is aware of Newsom’s journey attracted loads of critics however that he views the journey positively.

“However I believe time and info will definitely show that your go to to China is in step with California individuals’s needs and in step with the American individuals’s pursuits and the expectations of the worldwide society.”