- by cnn
- 01 Oct 2023
China's new ambassador arrived in the United States on Tuesday as both the US and Chinese governments have indicated that they want to put relations between their two nations back on track.
Xie Feng said he aims to enhance US-China relations at a time of "serious difficulties and challenges."
"We hope that the United States will work together with China to increase dialogue, to manage differences and also to expand our cooperation so that our relationship will be back to the right track," Xie said in remarks in English after landing in New York City.
Xie Feng's arrival as the top envoy for Beijing comes after what has been a tumultuous period in relations between Washington and Beijing. Tensions soared following a visit by former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan and Secretary of State Antony Blinken postponed a planned visit to China earlier this year after a Chinese surveillance balloon traversed the US.
In recent weeks, however, there have been signals that those heated tensions seem to be cooling. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with top Chinese official Wang Yi in Vienna, and China's Commerce Minister may meet with top US commerce and trade officials in the US in the coming weeks.
President Joe Biden said in Japan last weekend that "everything changed in terms of talking to one another" following the spy balloon incident, but "I think you're going to see that begin to thaw very shortly."
Xie said Tuesday he's looking forward to "properly handling sensitive and important issues, like the Taiwan question," as well as engaging with Americans "from all walks of life." He referenced the last time he was working in the US as a diplomat over a decade ago and said that the world and the US have changed a lot.
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