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Wendy Sherman in France in 2014. Photo: Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will visit Tianjin, China, on July 25-26 to meet with Chinese government officials, including State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, the State Department announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: Sherman will become the highest-ranking Biden administration official to visit China, just days after the U.S. and its allies accused Chinese state-sponsored actors of carrying out massive cyberattacks all over the world.

Flashback: Secretary of State Tony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with their Chinese counterparts in Alaska in March for what proved to be a contentious first summit.

  • The two sides exchanged sharp criticism in a post-meeting press conference, where Sullivan accused China of engaging in an "assault on basic values."
  • Wang Yi, who was also present in Anchorage, attacked the U.S. for its "miscalculated" decision — just days before the summit — to impose sanctions on China for its crackdown in Hong Kong. China has repeatedly accused the U.S. of meddling in its internal affairs.

Special climate envoy John Kerry then visited Shanghai in April for talks on climate change, a key issue that Biden says the U.S. and China must cooperate on even as the two countries spar over trade, human rights, military aggression and other issues.

The big picture: Relations between the world's two largest economies are at their lowest point in decades, if not ever.

  • Last week, the State Department and five other federal agencies issued an advisory warning that businesses with supply chains and investments in the Chinese region of Xinjiang run a "high risk" of violating U.S. laws on forced labor.
  • A similar advisory was issued days later about Hong Kong, where freedoms have been dramatically curtailed by Beijing's new national security law.
  • On Monday, the Justice Department unveiled criminal charges against four Chinese Ministry of State Security hackers for cyberattacks in at least a dozen countries. The U.S., NATO and other allies formally blamed China for a massive March attack that exploited a flaw in Microsoft's Exchange Server.

Go deeper: Biden administration rejects Beijing's claims to territory in South China Sea

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Obama to attend UN climate summit in Glasgow

Former President Barack Obama speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center at Jackson Park in Chicago on Sept. 28. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

Former President Barack Obama will travel to Glasgow next month for the UN climate summit, CNN reports.

Driving the news: Obama will meet with young climate change advocates and "urge more robust action going forward by all of us — governments, the private sector, philanthropy and civil society," according to an Obama spokesperson, per CNN.

Ina Fried, author of Login
2 hours ago - Technology

Intel CEO sees making own chips as a matter of national security

Pat Gelsinger. Photo: Axios on HBO

Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger is putting the pressure on the U.S. government to help subsidize chip manufacturing, insisting the current reliance on plants in Taiwan and Korea as "geopolitically unstable."

Why it matters: There is bipartisan support for funding the domestic semiconductor industry, but Congress has yet to sign the check. The Senate has passed the CHIPS Act that includes $52 billion in semiconductor investment, but it has yet to pass the House.

Updated 2 hours ago - World

17 U.S. and Canadian missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Haitian soldiers guard the public prosecutor's office in Port-au-Prince this month. Photo: Richard Pierrin/AFP via Getty Images

Children are among a group of 17 missionaries kidnapped in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, per a statement from Christian Aid Ministries Sunday.

The latest: "The group of 16 U.S citizens and one Canadian citizen includes five men, seven women, and five children," the Ohio-based group said. Haitian police inspector Frantz Champagne on Sunday identified the 400 Mawozo gang as the group responsible, in a statement to AP.