A private meeting is scheduled for the US security advisor and the Chinese foreign minister.
A Scheduled Private Meeting
US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan is scheduled to have a private meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi regarding the Middle East and Taiwan. This private meeting provides an opportunity for a candid conversation on delicate matters.
The private meeting will touch issues such as Taiwan’s recent election of a pro-independence leader. Additionally, the private meeting aims to address the concern of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.
According to a published article by GZERO Media, the private meeting will hopefully address such concern as it poses a threat to international trade. In line with the scheduled private meeting, the US has called upon China to utilize its influence with Iran to restrain the Houthis, yet Beijing has shown reluctance to intervene.
Nevertheless, if the situation in the Red Sea begins to impact the global economy, China might reconsider its position.
A Threat To China’s Trade Routes
In a published article by Financial Times, China has called for the protection of navigation in the Red Sea, as attacks by Houthi rebels on commercial ships threaten China’s trade routes. The US has reportedly reached out to China to apply pressure on Iran, which supports the Houthi rebels.
China, however, did not indicate whether it would provide diplomatic or military assistance in response to the crisis. China relies heavily on the Red Sea shipping route for oil imports and trade with the EU.