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US National Security Advisor Sullivan to Hold Talks with Chinese Foreign Minister in Thailand

White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan will meet with China’s foreign minister Wang Yi in Thailand, as the Biden administration continues its policy of engagement with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Adrienne Watson, spokesperson for the White House National Security Council, said in a statement on Thursday that Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Wang will meet on Jan. 26 and 27 in Bangkok. She added that President Joe Biden and CCP leader Xi Jinping have laid out the importance of the two sides holding talks.

“This meeting continues the commitment by both sides at the November 2023 Woodside Summit between President Biden and President Xi to maintain strategic communication and responsibly manage the relationship,” Ms. Watson said.

met on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in November last year, during which the two leaders agreed to resume high-level military-to-military communications, open a presidential hotline, and crack down on fentanyl. However, some analysts said that the Biden–Xi meeting resulted in few substantial deliverables.

Since the November meeting, U.S.–China relations remain fraught with challenges.

On Friday afternoon, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry indicated Taiwan will be one of the topics during the meeting, and the two will exchange views on “international and regional issues of common interest.”


Taiwan, a self-ruled island the CCP claims as a part of its territory, just held a presidential election earlier this month. To Beijing’s ire, Taiwanese voters did not choose a pro-Beijing candidate to be the island’s next president; instead, they elected Lai Ching-te—the current vice president of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)—whom the communist regime has accused of being a “separatist.”

It is unclear if Mr. Sullivan will bring up issues such as China’s human rights records and the CCP’s malign influence in the United States when meeting Mr. Wang.

On Jan. 22, FBI Houston published an advisory on X, asking victims of the CCP’s transnational repression in the Houston area to contact the agency.

“The government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) may be cyberstalking, physically intimidating, and harassing Chinese citizens, naturalized U.S. citizens, and families of dissidents who speak out against the Chinese Communist Party in Texas,” the agency wrote.

Mr. Wang and Mr. Sullivan have met three times since 2023. The two met in Vienna in May before meeting in Malta in September and in Washington a month later.
Following the Washington meeting, the White House described their talks as “candid, constructive, and substantive discussions,” and the two discussed Russia’s war in Ukraine and Taiwan, among other topics.

In a separate statement, Ms. Watson said Mr. Sullivan will be in Thailand for three days ending on Jan. 27, during which he will meet with senior Thai officials including Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin.


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