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During talks in Thailand, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan urged China to use its influence with Iran to ease tensions in the Middle East. The officials also discussed arranging a call between President Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.
The meetings Friday and Saturday in Bangkok, which followed up on the presidents' discussions in November in California, took place after a ruling-party candidate opposed by Beijing won Taiwan's recent presidential election and U.S. and Chinese military officials resumed a once-frozen dialogue.
A senior U.S. official said Sullivan emphasized China's extensive economic leverage over Iran and highlighted the destabilizing effect of the Houthi attacks on international commerce. However, it is unclear whether China is using its diplomatic muscle to press Tehran on the matter.
He (Sullivan) noted that China has publicly called for lower tensions, but said it was too soon to tell whether Beijing was using its diplomatic muscle to press Tehran on the matter.