US deputy secretary of state Wendy Sherman will turn into the best stage Biden administration official to go to China when she lands there this weekend amid rising tensions between the 2 international locations.

Sherman will meet China’s state councillor and overseas minister Wang Yi and different officers in Tianjin on July 25-26, the US state division introduced on Wednesday.

“These discussions are part of ongoing US efforts to hold candid exchanges with PRC officials to advance US interests and values, and to responsibly manage the relationship,” the state division mentioned.

Sherman is America’s No. 2 diplomat. The highest stage in-person interplay to this point between the 2 governments happened in Alaska in March, when secretary of state Antony Blinken and nationwide safety adviser Jake Sullivan met with Chinese counterparts.

The Alaska meet was marked by a number of testy exchanges.

Trump’s shut pal and political ally arrested

Authorities have arrested Tom Barrack, a detailed pal and ally of former president Donald Trump, for allegedly performing on behalf of the UAE authorities with out registering as a overseas agent.

Barrack, 74, was charged with obstruction of justice for mendacity to federal brokers in 2019 about his affiliation with the overseas authorities. Matthew Grimes, an affiliate of Barrack, was additionally arrested. A 3rd particular person, UAE citizen Rashid Sultan Rashid Al Malik Alshahhi, is at giant.

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