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Jake Sullivan Meets With Chinese Communist Official, Discusses ‘Keeping Lines Of Communication Open’

Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan met Monday with Chinese Communist Party Politburo member and Foreign Affairs Director Yang Jiechi in Europe.

The two leaders had a “frank, substantive and productive discussion,” the White House said in a press release.

“Mr. Sullivan emphasized the importance of maintaining open lines of communication to manage competition between our two countries,” the administration said.

A senior White House official told The Hill the meeting lasted more than four hours. Sullivan reportedly stressed Biden’s commitment to the “one China” policy, which means the United States will recognize, without endorsing the Chinese Communist Party’s position, that Taiwan is part of China.

Sullivan also raised concerns about China’s “coercive and aggressive actions” near Taiwan, and he warned the country not to help Russia in its invasion of Ukraine.

“Jake has made it very clear that this is an area where we believe the United States and China should be able to work together,” the official told the outlet.

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