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BLINKEN WILL MEET SENIOR CHINESE OFFICIAL AHEAD OF TAIWAN ELECTIONS



U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will meet senior Chinese official Liu Jianchao in Washington on Friday, the State Department said in his official schedule, the talks coming just a day ahead of elections in Taiwan that will test efforts to ease U.S.-China tensions.

The Jan. 13 presidential and parliamentary contests in Taiwan, which China claims as its territory, represent the first real wild card in 2024 for the Biden administration's goal of stabilizing ties with China. Blinken's routinely publicized schedule did not give further details about the 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT) meeting. But the meeting will be the latest in a flurry of U.S.-China interactions following a November summit between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping in San Francisco.

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