US, China head into first talks in months still trading blows


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Agencies The United States and China barrelled into their first high-level talks since March trading sanctions and rhetorical barbs, raising the stakes for the effort to stabilise strained relations between the world’s two largest economies. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, the US’ No. 2 diplomat, is set to meet Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday (July 26) in Tianjin, about 97km east of the capital Beijing. The visit follows a series of Biden administration actions challenging China’s red lines on what it considers its internal affairs, prompting Beijing to protest and announce fresh sanctions against Americans including former commerce...