Chinese VP says consensus reached in US meetings
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said a consensus was reached on many points in bilateral talks with President Barack Obama`s national security adviser
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.