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Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister in Munich

Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister in Munich U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (photo: GettyImages)

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Munich on the margins of the Munich Security Conference on February 16, according to the U.S. State Department.

Blinken emphasized the importance of continuing to implement the progress made by the two Presidents at the Woodside Summit, including on counternarcotics cooperation and military-to-military communications.

"The Secretary reiterated that the U.S. will stand up for our interests and values and those of our allies and partners," the State Department said.

Antony Blinken emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait and in the South China Sea. The parties had substantive discussions on a range of regional and global issues.

The Secretary raised concerns over the PRC’s support for Russia’s war against Ukraine, including support to the Russian defense industrial base.

The Secretary of State also discussed his recent trip to the Middle East and U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region.

Both sides recognized the importance of maintaining open lines of communication between the U.S. and the PRC across a range of strategic issues, including consultations and high-level meetings in key areas in the coming months.

Earlier, we reported that Antony Blinken visited the Middle East, where he discussed peace talks between Israel and Hamas.

We also reported that Blinken expressed hope that Ukraine will eventually become a member of NATO.