Gist of 1st in-person meeting between U.S., Chinese top diplomats

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The following is the gist of the first in-person meeting between top diplomats of the United States and China since the change in U.S. administration in January, held on Thursday in Alaska.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken:

-- voiced deep concerns with actions by China, including in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Taiwan, cyberattacks on the United States, and economic coercion of U.S. allies.

-- argued China's actions threaten the rules-based order that maintains global stability.

-- said U.S. relationship with China will be competitive where it should be, collaborative where it can be, adversarial where it must be.

-- said he heard deep concern about some of the actions China has taken, when he visited Japan and South Korea earlier this week.

China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi:

-- urged the United States not to interfere in China's "internal affairs."

-- called Xinjiang, Taiwan and Tibet "inalienable parts of China's territory."

-- asked the United States to stop pressing "United States-style" democracy.

-- called on the United States to follow the necessary diplomatic protocols, if it wants to deal properly with China.

-- said the United States was not qualified to speak to China "from a position of strength" even 20 years or 30 years back.