U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi in Hawaii, trying to ease tensions between the world’s two largest economies over various issues, according to media reports.
Pompeo was planning the trip “quietly” and the arrangements were not yet finalized, Politico said.
The US official has been vocal in criticizing China on a range of issues from the origins of the coronavirus pandemic to its Hong Kong policy to the treatment of its ethnic and religious minorities.
The U.S. State Department and the Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post newspaper cited an unidentified source as saying that Yang, a state councilor and member of the Communist Party Politburo, will represent the Chinese side for the meeting.
Relations between the countries have deteriorated in recent months, and U.S. President Donald Trump has said he could even sever relations.