Matthew Lee and Mark Thiessen
The Associated Press
Top U.S. and Chinese officials wrapped up two days of contentious talks in Alaska Friday, March 19, after trading sharp and unusually public barbs over vastly different views of each other and the world in their first face-to-face meeting since President Joe Biden took office.
The two sides finished the meetings after an opening session in which they attacked each other in an unusually public way. The U.S. accused the Chinese delegation of “grandstanding” and Beijing fired back, saying there was a “strong smell of gunpowder and drama” that was entirely the fault of the Americans.
The meetings in Anchorage, Alaska, were a new test in increasingly troubled relations between the two countries, which are at odds over a rang