Amid Tensions, the U.S. and China Seek to Lower the Temperature

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, July 9, 2022 (pool photo by Stefani Reynolds via AP).

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken spoke by telephone Sunday, ahead of a possible meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Joe Biden. The two sides appear to be trying to lower the temperature on their relationship, which has recently been characterized by escalating tensions.

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