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Chinese VP says consensus reached in US meetings

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 18:38

Beijing: Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said a consensus was reached on many points in bilateral talks with President Barack Obama`s national security adviser, who concluded a visit to Beijing on Wednesday.

Xi, who will succeed President Hu Jintao later this year, said Thomas Donilon`s visit shows the importance the US government attaches to relations with China.
Donilon spoke with Xi and met with a Chinese general yesterday after meeting with Hu the previous day. Details of their talks were not released.

One issue expected to have been discussed was Syria, where a violent fight to overthrow President Bashar Assad has escalated into a civil war.

China and Russia last week vetoed a UN Security Council resolution backed by the US and other Western nations that would have imposed new sanctions on Assad`s regime.
Washington has also been pressing the Chinese military for more transparency about its plans, while Beijing is wary of the US military shift to the Asia-Pacific region.

It was not immediately known if the issues were raised in Donilon`s meeting with Gen. Xu Caihou, a vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission.

The official People`s Daily reported that Hu and Donilon pledged to promote US-China relations. But the newspaper said Hu asked for a "cautious" approach in handling sensitive issues. It did not say what those issues were.

Donilon also met State Councilor Dai Bingguo, China`s top diplomat, and Vice Premier Wang Qishan during his two-day visit. He is scheduled to visit Japan next.


First Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 - 18:38
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