US, China Discuss Political, Economic Ties

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explored ways to strengthen U.S. economic and political ties with China at a meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday in Beijing.

She said both sides have been able to explore areas of agreement and disagreement in an open manner.

President Hu expressed hope that the United States would resist trade protectionism, ease restrictions on high-technology exports to China and support fair competition for Chinese enterprises investing in the United States.

Earlier Wednesday, Clinton held a joint news conference with her Chinese counterpart, Yang Jiechi, after discussing a range of global issues. She said it is no secret that the United States is disappointed with China and Russia for blocking tougher United Nations Security Council resolutions against Syria.

The United States is calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step down. His government has been battling rebels for some 18 months in a conflict that has left thousands of people dead.

Yang said China opposes foreign intervention in Syria and that any solution should come from the people of Syria.

After ending her two-day visit to China, Clinton headed for East Timor, her next stop in a six-nation tour of the Asia-Pacific region.

China has agreed to work on a code of conduct to manage territorial disputes with its neighbors regarding the resource-rich South China Sea, without altering its claims in the region.

Clinton said it is in everyone's interest to agree on the code, but denied Beijing's accusation that the United States is attempting to rein in China's influence in the Asia-Pacific region.

The two sides also discussed Iran, North Korea, and global economic challenges.

After East Timor, Clinton will visit Brunei and attend a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders in Russia before returning to Washington.