First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman during a visit to China intends to tell representatives of the Chinese authorities about Washington’s concern about Beijing’s actions.

The United States does not believe that the sanctions imposed by China against seven politicians, organizations, human rights defenders, and researchers from the United States will become an instrument of pressure on Washington during the upcoming talks of First Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman with Chinese colleagues during her visit to China. This was stated on Saturday at a special telephone briefing for journalists on Sherman’s trip to China, a high-ranking representative of the US administration.

“I don’t think that the Deputy Secretary of State goes to these negotiations with the idea that these measures, these actions that the Chinese side has taken, will become an instrument of pressure in these negotiations,” he said. “We will definitely cooperate on issues substantively and constructively,” the administration representative added

Another presenter of the briefing, in turn, said that the United States will continue to apply the policy of sanctions against China, despite the retaliatory actions of Beijing. “We remain fully committed to applying all relevant powers in the field of US sanctions,” she said. “We will continue to hold China accountable, it should be clear that we are not afraid to confront China’s behavior that undermines international norms,” the administration representative argued.

Maintaining relationships

The First Deputy Secretary of State intends to emphasize that Washington does not want the rivalry with Beijing to escalate into a conflict.

According to a high-ranking representative of the US administration, during the trip, “the consultations held in Anchorage in March regarding the establishment of rules in relations and maintaining them in a stable state will be continued.” During the visit, Sherman will make it clear that the American side is ready for rivalry with China. “She will emphasize that we do not want an acute and protracted rivalry to escalate into a conflict,” the representative added.

As the American official noted, “everyone should play by the same rules.” According to the representative of the administration, the United States is interested in the presence of “restrictive lines and parameters” that will allow “a responsible approach to relations” between the two countries.

Speaking about Sherman’s plans, the official also noted: “I think we can expect that she will take the opportunity to explain our concern about many of Beijing’s actions, including those in connection with which we have recently taken steps independently, as well as in coordination with allies and partners.”

At the same time, the administration representative added that “there are important global challenges” in the light of which the US and China may consider the possibility of cooperation. “We consider it important to keep open channels of communication between high-ranking officials,” he also said.

About the visit and sanctions

The State Department reported earlier that Sherman will pay a visit to China on July 25-26 and will meet with Chinese officials, including a member of the State Council, Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

On Friday, the Chinese government decided to impose retaliatory sanctions against seven politicians, organizations, human rights activists, and researchers from the United States, including former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The list also includes Caroline Bartholomew, chairman of the US-China Economic and Security Commission under the US Congress, Jonathan Stivers, deputy head of the US Congressional-Executive Commission on China, Kim Do-yong, a team member of the non-profit organization National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Adam Joseph King, Senior program manager of the International Republican Institute, Sophie Richardson, director for China of the human rights organization Human Rights Watch, and the Democratic Council of Hong Kong.

On July 16, the United States announced the imposition of unilateral sanctions against seven Chinese officials due to the situation in Hong Kong. The persons involved in the list are the deputy heads of the Office of the Central People’s Government of China in Hong Kong.