Top US, EU diplomats to sync up strategy in confronting China

THE HILL – BY LAURA KELLY – 12/01/21 05:04 PM EST

The Biden administration is working with the European Union to align their strategies on dealing with China, an effort to project unity between the transatlantic allies in the face of Beijing’s “concerning” behavior, a State Department official said Wednesday.  

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will meet with her European counterpart, Secretary General Stefano Sannino, in Washington on Thursday as part of the U.S. and E.U. dialogue on China, marking the second group meeting since an earlier discussion was held in May. 

Sherman has taken on the role of point person for U.S. foreign policy surrounding China and engagement with Beijing. In July, she became the first senior official to visit mainland China, and has carried out a deliberate travel schedule meant to shore up alliances with Europe and Asian countries in an effort to counter Beijing’s global influence and ambitions. 

The focus of the Deputy Secretary’s meeting with Sannino will be to preview the U.S.’s forthcoming Indo-Pacific strategy, the State Department official said in a briefing with reporters, in an effort to better align Washington with Brussels’ own, recently released Indo-Pacific strategy.  



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