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US-China Backchannel Forum To Halt “Downward Trajectory” In Ties Revealed

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US-China Backchannel Forum To Halt "Downward Trajectory" In Ties Revealed

Xinhua: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shakes hands with Maurice R. “Hank” Greenberg during a meeting with overseas delegates attending the China Development Forum in Beijing in march 2016

Originally published by ZeroHedge

A significant and unexpected new Wall Street Journal report has revealed that a few days prior to the Xi-Biden meeting last week at the G20 summit in Bali, the two countries embarked upon a private back-channel dialogue of top policy advisers and business executives in New York, which was approved by both governments. 

The meeting was described by Retired Adm. Mike Mullen as seeking to prevent the continued “downward trajectory” in US-China relations “at a dangerous time.” Beijing is relying on an American businessman described as an “old friend of China” with a long successful track record of positive dealings in China: insurance executive Maurice “Hank” Greenberg. “As the two great powers of the time, we need to try to turn this around,” Mullen commented of the closed-door talks earlier this month.

The 97-year old Greenberg, chief executive of insurance and investment firm C.V. Starr & Co. and former CEO of insurance giant American International Group Inc., is seen from Beijing as a trusted American intermediary symbolizing a time of better, more pragmatic-oriented business and trade policies between the two economic superpowers.

The WSJ underscores that a Chinese delegation of this caliber hasn’t come to the US for dialogue since before the coronavirus pandemic. Greenberg has long been vocal as being in favor of deepened US engagement with China, having penned a July op-ed in the Journal arguing toward that end. In the piece, he called for renewed efforts to “re-establish a constructive bilateral dialogue.”

That’s when, per sources cited in the report, “Qin Gang, China’s ambassador to Washington and a career diplomat deeply trusted by Mr. Xi, brought the piece to the Chinese leadership’s attention,” and the delegation was readied to go to New York.

“Mr. Xi then greenlighted the Foreign Ministry to form a group that mirrored the one set up by Mr. Greenberg, which is made up of former senior officials and business leaders.”

According to details of the meeting which was viewed by both sides as an sidetrack initiative corresponding to the first face-to-face meeting with Xi of the Biden presidency:

The Chinese and U.S. groups held discussions at C.V. Starr’s headquarters on Park Avenue on Nov. 10 and the next day, with 13 members from each side participating. Among the Americans, according to the people, are Mr. Greenberg, Paul Fribourg, CEO of agribusiness ContiGroup Cos., former U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman and two former U.S. ambassadors to Beijing: Max Baucus, a former Democratic senator from Montana, and Terry Branstad, the former Republican governor of Iowa. 

The Chinese delegation led by Wang Chao, a former vice foreign minister, invited the forum – which participants call the “Morefar Project” – to continue meeting together, with the next round of talks offered to be hosted in China next year.

US-China Backchannel Forum To Halt "Downward Trajectory" In Ties Revealed

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Areas of potential business cooperation were explored, while candid talks were had on the Taiwan crisis, with the Chinese delates reiterating that eventual reunification with the mainland remains a top priority for Beijing. The White House was reportedly briefed on the contents of the candid exchange, and updated on plans for future meetings.


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Ha,ha,ha! Caminero, hay camino, es solo andar.


US and UK have been killing and genocides 6 million of innocent peoples in The Middle East lol.


Hold your friends close hold your enemies closer.


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Last edited 4 months ago by Matt

Now I begin to fathom why Russia has not decided to leave the Ca$in0 at 405 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017 with China and India still part of that crime scene 21 years “later”?!….

Last edited 4 months ago by Matt

USD and oligarchs are the reason.


Anyway US and UK have been killing and genocides 6 million of innocent peoples in the Middle East lol.


Chinese are the enemy of all races. Never forget that.


Why? China has 1 overseas naval base and the USA has over 800. America Has Been at War 93% of the Time – 222 out of 239 Years – Since 1776. Don’t bang your head against the wall too hard while clutching Orwell’s 1984 like a Bible praying…..”War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength”.


Looks like China is admitting Putin is a fool and the Kremlin’s army sucks.


You believe everything coming from Wall Street Journal?

John Tosh

Back channels…. front Channels…. side Channels…. Lol

China is going to the top… which means the USA has to fall behind…. no amount of back-channel talk or not will change what each country is destined for.

Waste of time….

The Old Man

Incident with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Greenberg gained visibility when he clashed with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the Iranian president’s denial of the Holocaust. On September 20, 2006, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted a small meeting of select council members with Ahmadinejad, who began by saying that we need to “continue studying” whether it happened.

Peppe il Sicario

I literally wipe my anus with any “article” be it from a US or British press agency, well-known pathological liars and propagandists. The source for this “info” lies in the butt-hole of some disinfo troll. China will never trust the US cause it knows full well that the US crime organization parading as a government has no intent whatsoever of paying off its treasury debts to China!!

L du Plessis

The US has many back channels to save its ass 😂 with Russia too.

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