Prospects For Thawing of China-U.S. Relations Remain Dim; Musk Meets With Chinese Foreign Minister

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said that U.S. and Chinese officials will not meet during the upcoming Shangri-La Dialogue, an annual defense summit held in Singapore. Mao said the U.S. needs to “earnestly respect China’s sovereignty and security interests and concerns, immediately correct the wrongdoing, show sincerity, and create the necessary atmosphere and conditions for dialogue and communication between the two militaries.”  Relations have plummeted over U.S. support for Taiwan, Chinese assertions of sovereignty in the South China Sea and China flying a suspected spy balloon over the U.S.  There has been no high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials since U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping met during the G-20 last November in Indonesia.  AP News also reports that Elon Musk met with China’s Foreign Minister in Beijing. Tesla did not respond to information requests on Musk’s visit but the company opened a factory in China in 2019.