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US-China tensions

Blinken held 'candid' talks with Chinese foreign minister in Beijing

Analysts say superpowers seeking to stabilize fractious relationship

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken walks with China's Foreign Minister Qin Gang at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, on June 18.    © Reuters

SHANGHAI -- U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang Sunday in Beijing's Diaoyutai State Guesthouse, amid efforts by both sides to improve soured bilateral ties.

The two officials held "candid, substantive, and constructive talks," U.S. State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said of the five-and-a-half hour meeting.

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