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National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Visit to Malta

Malta's Prime Minister Robert Abela with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan

September 19, 2023

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s Visit to Malta

White House Readout:  National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan met on September 16-17 with Chinese Communist Party Politburo Member, Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Malta.  This meeting was part of ongoing efforts to maintain open lines of communication and responsibly manage the relationship.  The two sides had candid, substantive, and constructive discussions, building on the engagements between President Biden and President Xi in Bali, Indonesia in November 2022.  This meeting follows on recent high-level engagements, including between National Security Advisor Sullivan and Director Wang Yi in May in Vienna as well as meetings between Secretary Blinken, Secretary Yellen, Special Envoy Kerry, Secretary Raimondo, and their counterparts in Beijing over the last several months.  The two sides discussed key issues in the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, global and regional security issues, Russia’s war against Ukraine, and cross-Strait issues, among other topics.  The United States noted the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.  The two sides committed to maintain this strategic channel of communication and to pursue additional high-level engagement and consultations in key areas between the United States and the People’s Republic of China in the coming months.