In Friday’s edition of NBC’s “Hallie Jackson Reports,” NBC News White House correspondent Mike Memoli said it was clear the United States wanted a thaw in relations with China much more than China wanted and China “really got us back a little bit more apologizing” after Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled his trip to China after the spy balloon.
Memoli said: “[Biden] said… he expected a thaw in the relationship. But when you look at what we’re hearing from both sides at this point, even before the visit, it’s pretty clear that the United States may seem more interested in this thaw than the Chinese side.
Memoli then compared the readings of the call between Blinken and his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister Qin Gang, of the American and Chinese governments, where China accused the United States of meddling in Chinese affairs while the States States stressed the importance of communication.
He continued: “These relationships are about – especially on the Chinese side – symbolism. And when Blinken called off that visit after the spy ball, it was really a slap in the face for the Chinese and they’re really making us come back a bit more apologizing at this point, let’s say.
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