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Blinken to Reschedule China Trip After Spy Balloon Fallout

The US Secretary of State said he was keen to re-establish lines of communication after cancelling his February visit

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers the Closing Plenary Keynote address at the Cities Summit of the Americas in Denver, Colorado
Blinken had scrapped a planned trip to Beijing in February following the Chinese spy balloon saga. Photo: Reuters.


US Secretary of State Antony Blinken is hoping to reschedule a visit to China this year after his planned trip in February was cancelled in the fallout over the Chinese spy balloon saga.

Blinken, in an interview with the Washington Post, said: “I think it’s important … that we re-establish regular lines of communication at all levels and across our government.”


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The secretary of state’s trip to Beijing in February was pulled amid heightened tensions after a Chinese ‘spy balloon’ was tracked flying across the northeast of the United States.

Mr Blinken said at the time that the incident was “a violation of our sovereignty”, adding: “It’s even more irresponsible coming on the eve of a long-planned visit.”

America’s top diplomat had been set to visit Beijing to hold talks on a wide range of issues, including China’s support for Russia in its war with Ukraine, Taiwan and concern over China’s apparent lack of effort to minimise the amount of fentanyl reaching the US.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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