Senior officials of US, China to meet in Zurich

A senior US government official will on Wednesday meet with China's top diplomat for the first time since March, in an apparent bid to ease bilateral tensions.

The White House said that National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan will meet with China's foreign policy chief Yang Jiechi in Zurich, Switzerland.

It added that the two officials planned to follow up on telephone talks between US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in early September. It said the meeting will be held "as we continue to seek to responsibly manage the competition" between the two countries.

The pair may also discuss whether to hold the first face-to-face meeting between Biden and Xi.

Biden has described China as his country's "most serious competitor" and has openly confronted some of its moves. But he has also shown willingness to cooperate with China in areas where the countries share interests, such as climate change.

The Biden administration also announced plans on Monday to resume ministerial-level trade talks with China. The US appears to be leaning toward dialogue in order to avoid escalating tensions.