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US-China tensions

US and China play mind games over how to frame Alaska meeting

Beijing calls it a 'high-level strategic dialogue' -- but Washington says it's nothing of the kind

Who invited whom? Meeting or strategic dialogue? The U.S. and China are spinning the upcoming Alaska meeting between top diplomats to fit their dueling narratives.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- Heading into the first senior-level engagement since the inauguration of President Joe Biden, the U.S. and China are locked in fierce psychological warfare over how to define the meeting.

"China, invited by the United States, will have a high-level strategic dialogue with the U.S. side in the coming days," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said in remarks posted Thursday on the ministry's website. He was referring to the March 18-19 meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, between Politburo member Yang Jiechi and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

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