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Biden's advisor and China's Foreign Minister discussed war in Ukraine

Biden's advisor and China's Foreign Minister discussed war in Ukraine Photo: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (Getty Images)

The United States National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, discussed a range of issues, including the Russian war against Ukraine, with State Councilor, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi during a closed meeting, stated White House National Security Council Coordinator John Kirby during the briefing.

Kirby noted that the closed meeting between Sullivan and Wang lasted over 12 hours. Officials assessed progress on key issues following talks between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping back in November.

The parties also engaged in constructive discussions on global and regional issues, including those related to Russia's war against Ukraine, the Middle East, the Korean Peninsula, and the South China Sea.

What preceded

Last year, leaders of the United States and China agreed to restore relations that had been in a suspended state for the majority of 2023.

In early January, representatives of the defense departments of the United States and China resumed policy coordination talks at the Pentagon.

Later, the media reported that U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan would hold a private meeting with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi to stabilize relations between the two countries.

Beijing assessed Sullivan's meeting with Wang Yi as a substantive and fruitful negotiation aimed at further fulfilling the commitment of Chinese and U.S. leaders to engage in dialogue.