In Tianjin, the senior officials said ahead of the Secretary's talks with the Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister that the world's two largest economies needed responsible ways to manage the competition.
If the talks go reasonably well, they could help set the stage for an eventual meeting between Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping, possibly on the sidelines of a G20 summit in Italy in October.
An Asia expert at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bonnie Glaser, said Blinken's and Austin's trips and diplomatic efforts such as a planned second summit between QUAD leaders later in the year might have China feeling hemmed in.
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