I have observed that a US diplomat/senior official always visits the bashed country just after a significant bashing.
The following are some foreign visits of US officials that I remember:
Mike Pompeo's visit to Pakistan in September 2018:
There was a diplomatic spat between the United States and Pakistan just before Mike Pompeo's visit to the country in September 2018. The US announced in January 2018 that it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan over its alleged failure to take decisive action against militant groups operating within its borders. This decision was met with strong criticism from Pakistan, which accused the United States of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failures in Afghanistan.
During his visit, Pompeo emphasized the need for Pakistan to take stronger action against militant groups operating within its borders and urged the country to play a constructive role in promoting peace and stability in the region. He also expressed a willingness to work with Pakistan on issues of mutual concern, such as counterterrorism and economic development.
Mike Pompeo's visit to Russia in May 2019:
In April 2018, the United States imposed sanctions on several Russian individuals and entities in response to what it called Russia's "malign activity" around the world, including its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In August 2018, the United States imposed additional sanctions on Russia in response to the March 2018 poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK, which the United States and its allies blamed on the Russian government. Furthermore, in December 2018, the United States imposed new sanctions on several Russian individuals and entities in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine, including its seizure of Ukrainian ships in the Kerch Strait. These sanctions targeted Russian government officials, Russian companies, and individuals involved in the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge.
The primary purpose of Pompeo's visit to Russia was to discuss these and other issues with his Russian counterparts and to explore the possibility of finding common ground on areas of mutual concern. Specifically, Pompeo and Lavrov discussed the possibility of working together to address the ongoing conflict in Syria and explored the potential for increased cooperation on issues related to nuclear arms control and counterterrorism.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's virtual meeting with China in 2020:
The United States imposed several rounds of sanctions on China in 2020, targeting individuals and entities alleged to have committed human rights abuses in Xinjiang, as well as Chinese officials and companies involved in the crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong. Here are some of the key dates:
July 9, 2020: The United States imposed sanctions on several Chinese officials and entities under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, in response to alleged human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims and other minority groups in Xinjiang. August 7, 2020: The United States imposed sanctions on 11 Hong Kong officials, including Chief Executive Carrie Lam, for their role in implementing a new national security law in Hong Kong that critics say undermines the territory's autonomy and freedoms. August 14, 2020: The United States imposed sanctions on 11 Chinese officials, including Hong Kong's Chief Executive Carrie Lam, under an executive order signed by President Trump that targets individuals and entities involved in undermining Hong Kong's autonomy. September 14, 2020: The United States imposed additional sanctions on Chinese officials and entities involved in human rights abuses in Xinjiang, including a ban on imports of certain products from Xinjiang.
In August 2020, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He held a virtual meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss the implementation of the phase one trade deal between the two countries.
Blinken's visit to Turkey in November 2021:
In April 2021, the US announced that it would provide $155 million in military assistance to Greece to upgrade its F-16 fighter jets. Turkey criticized the move, saying that it would undermine regional stability. In May 2021, Turkey announced that it would purchase a Russian S-400 air defense system. The US responded by imposing sanctions on Turkey, which Turkey denounced as "a grave mistake."
On 30 November 2021, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Turkey and met with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, and other officials.
One of the main issues on the agenda was the situation in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of US troops. Turkey had been actively involved in talks with the Taliban to secure the Kabul airport, and the US was seeking Turkey's continued support in this effort. The two sides also discussed the conflict in Syria, including Turkey's military operations in northern Syria and the Syrian refugee crisis. Blinken expressed US concerns about Turkey's human rights record, including its treatment of journalists and political dissidents, and urged Turkey to release detained US citizens and local staff of the US embassy. In addition to these issues, Blinken and Turkish officials also discussed regional security, including the ongoing conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia, and Turkey's relations with Russia.
Blinken's visit to China in March 2022:
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited China in March 2022. He met with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and other senior officials. The aim of Blinken's visit to China was to discuss a range of issues, including the Russia-Ukraine crisis, the Taiwan issue, and human rights. Blinken and Wang Yi agreed to continue dialogue and work together to manage the competition between the United States and China.
The United States asked for China's help in resolving the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Blinken said that China could play a constructive role in helping to end the war. China has not condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine and has refused to call it a war.
The United States and China had a spat just before Blinken's visit in 2022. In January 2022, the United States announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. The boycott was in response to China's human rights abuses, including the genocide of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang. China condemned the boycott and called it a "political stunt."
Janet Yellen's visit to China in July 2023:
Dutch company stops exporting chip-making equipment to China on US pressure. China retaliates by banning the export of Gallium and Germanium. The USD is also losing its position as the world's leading reserve currency.
Now, Janet Yellen is on a 4-day tour in China.
One common pattern of the visits was, a bashing was done just before touring, and the USA needs some favor from the bashed country.
So, if they need a favor, why the bashing in the first place? If they already bashed them, why the tour (i.e., will the bashed country be in the mood to do a favor after eating the bashing)?
Can anyone explain this to me?