The number two American diplomat is heading to China to try to find some common ground. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will become the highest-ranking US official to visit since President Joe Biden took office.
Sherman is on a tour that includes visits to Japan, South Korea, and Mongolia. She will travel to the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin on Sunday to meet with Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken has blamed Chinese leaders for orchestrating a series of cyberattacks on the US and its allies. He has also urged Chinese leaders to change course on human rights and on territorial disputes with neighboring nations.
Sherman and Wang are expected to address some of these issues. They are also expected to explore shared interests such as combatting climate change and encouraging North Korean officials to take part in nuclear talks.