Blinken set for high-stakes China trip this week as U.S. pushes for a ‘thaw’

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit China this weekend, a high-stakes step in the U.S. push for an improvement in ties between the world’s fractious superpowers.

The top U.S. diplomat will travel to Beijing on Friday to hold talks with senior Chinese officials, the State Department announced Wednesday, a long-awaited rescheduling of a visit that was canceled after an alleged Chinese spy balloon was found flying over sensitive American military sites.

China’s foreign ministry confirmed the trip and said Blinken would visit Sunday to Monday, June 18-19, state media reported.

But if that sounds like evidence of a “thaw” between Washington and Beijing, something predicted by President Joe Biden after months of deepening tensions, the signals from China appear less encouraging.The announcement comes after a call between Blinken and his Chinese counterpart that appeared to be interpreted in vastly different ways by each side.

The State Department issued a neutral statement after the call that talked about keeping open lines of communication, while the Chinese foreign ministry openly lambasted the U.S.

“Since the beginning of the year, China-U.S. relations have encountered new difficulties and challenges,” Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said, according to his government’s readout of the telephone conversation. “The U.S. side should respect and stop interfering in China’s internal affairs, and stop harming China’s sovereignty, security and development interests in the name of competition.”

U.S. officials have downplayed these Beijing broadsides, with White House Indo-Pacific Coordinator Kurt Campbell telling reporters on a call ahead of the trip that “we’ve seen other signals that they recognize that diplomacy with Washington is still important.”

Revelation 15 – New King James Version

Prelude to the Bowl Judgments

15 Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete.

And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and [a]over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying:

“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the [b]saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”

After these things I looked, and [c]behold, the [d]temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened. And out of the [e]temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God who lives forever and everThe temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no one was able to enter the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.

The Tribulation is commencing..

Please repent, carry your cross daily and accept the free gift of Jesus Christ’s Death on the Cross for payment for your sins.

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