Conflicts between the U.S. and China over human rights and security were on full display as top diplomats from the two countries met for the first time since President Joe Biden took office. However, the two sides agreed to continue discussions on issues such as climate change, where their interests overlap.
The U.S. made clear that it would consult with its allies in formulating its policy toward China, which it regards as the only competitor capable of altering the U.S.-led international order. This cooperative spirit is welcome given that responding to the long-lasting regime of President Xi Jinping has become a global issue. Japan, South Korea and other U.S. allies need to come together to ensure a unified effort.