U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer will soon visit China with six bipartisan senators. Since last June, President Joe Biden has sent Secretary of State Tony Blinken, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Special Envoy for Climate Change John Kelly, and Secretary of Commerce Gina Rummond to China in succession. Lastly, even ‘Democratic Party leader’ Schumer is visiting China.
Representative Schumer is one of the representative public hardliners in Congress. He led legislation such as the Semiconductor Support Act and the Inflation Reduction Act ( IRA ) , which the Biden administration promoted to keep China in check .
There is a good reason for him to visit China. The biggest issue is the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation ( APEC ) summit to be held in San Francisco in November . President Biden plans to hold a US-China summit if President Xi Jinping attends this meeting. There also appears to be an intention to bring the U.S.-China relationship, which reached its worst point following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan and the shooting down of a Chinese reconnaissance balloon, to a level where communication is possible.
Asia tour excluding Taiwan, China rejoices
China is in a welcoming mood. A spokesperson for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on October 4, “We welcome the US Congress and Senate delegation’s visit to China,” and added, “We hope that it will enhance the US Congress’ objective understanding of China and become an active factor in the development of relations between the two countries.” It was an unusually gentle tone.
Although floor leader Schumer has been active in promoting the Semiconductor Support Act, he has shown a cautious attitude on issues such as Taiwan, which China considers sensitive. Taiwan was also omitted from this Asian tour, which included visits to China, Korea, and Japan. It was taking China’s reputation into consideration.
The series of visits by high-ranking U.S. officials to China, starting with Secretary of State Tony Blinken last June, appears to be aimed at returning U.S.-China relations to what they were before House Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan in August last year.
Until then, the United States and China had managed to prevent conflicts from occurring in the Taiwan Strait or South China Sea through 메이저놀이터military hotlines. High-level communication channels were also open to discuss international issues such as the war in Ukraine. However, this communication channel is said to have been completely cut off when the United States shot down a Chinese reconnaissance balloon in February of this year. At that time, the US military contacted China through a hotline, but China did not answer the call at all. U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin attempted to meet with Chinese Defense Minister Li Xiangfu at the Asian Security Conference (Shangri-La Dialogue) held in Singapore in early June to discuss the restoration of the hotline, but China rejected the meeting itself.