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US Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit China on July 25 and 26. According to the Foreign Ministry, the diplomat will meet with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Xi in Beijing.

“These discussions are part of a concerted effort by the US government to enhance US interests and values, to manage relations responsibly and to maintain transparent exchanges with officials of the People’s Republic of China,” the US government said in a statement on Wednesday.

According to the document, Sherman will discuss areas in China that will align the interests of the two countries and address Washington’s “serious concerns” with Beijing’s actions.

The announcement of Sherman’s visit to Asia comes amid escalating Sino-US tensions. This week, the United States and its allies accused the Beijing Microsoft Exchange email system of carrying out cyber espionage operations around the world, which Chinese officials have denied.

On July 16, the Joe Biden administration warned US companies operating in Hong Kong of the dangers of operating in semi-autonomous territory.

Beijing has threatened to respond “firmly and vigorously” to US sanctions on the Asian country due to repression in Hong Kong.

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