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CUSEF Express - June 9, 2022

2022-06-09
Daily highlights of developments that affect China and the U.S.
Daily highlights of developments that affect China and the U.S.

Wang Yi meets with Central Asia foreign ministers

  • The third "China+Central Asia" (C+C5) Foreign Ministers' Meeting wrapped up in Nur-Sultan on Wednesday. China’s Wang Yi and ministers from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan agreed to establish a mechanism for the C+C5 head-of-state summit. They also signed four documents to enhance their ties, especially in connectivity and data security (China’s readout: Ch/En).

  • At a joint press conference with Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Wang summarized ten consensuses of the meeting (Ch/En), covering a wide range of areas from security to global governance and from economic, health, and environmental cooperation to cultural exchange.

  • On the sidelines of the event, Wang met with his counterparts of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, respectively, on June 7. The foreign minister of Tajikistan, the most Western-leaning Central Asian country, was receiving French senators that day. On June 8, Wang had an individual meeting with the Transport Minister of Tajikistan, who came to Kazakstan in place of his foreign affairs colleague. In another foreign ministers’ discussion in China earlier this year, Dushanbe sent its Justice Minister instead.

  • At a meeting on Tuesday, Wang conveyed (Ru/En) President Xi Jinping’s greeting to Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and congratulated the country for its successful constitutional referendum, which decentralized decision-making and limited the power of former President Nursultan Nazarbayev. Regarding the crisis in Ukraine, the foreign minister said, “China has never sought geopolitical interests in Central Asia, and never allows non-regional forces to stir up trouble in the region.” According to China’s readout (Ch/En), Tokayev appreciated the stance.

China accuses Australia, Canada for recon over SCS

  • In the past weeks, surveillance jets from Australia and Canada encountered Chinese warplanes over the South China Sea and have sparked tensions. Both Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau protested against China’s move, saying their activities were justifiable and Chinese planes “posed a safety threat” to their pilots. However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry accused Canberra and Ottawa of provocation and disinformation.

  • Chinese observers view the rare close-in reconnaissance by the two Five Eyes countries as a “new trick” of the U.S., which has ramped up military observation in the South China Sea and around Taiwan.
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