Beijing: China has expressed its wish to forge a close strategic relationship with the US, but wants the Obama administration to keep off its twin concerns -- Taiwan and Tibet.
During the first round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here, the Chinese delegation said the US should pay "particular attention" to handling sensitive issues such as Taiwan and Tibet.
This was one of the seven proposals China made at the dialogue which began yesterday, said Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman of the Chinese delegation.
China was earlier irked by President Barack Obama`s announcement of the USD 6.4 billion arms sales to Taiwan which Beijing considers as its part; and his meeting with Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
Ma said that China, during the dialogue, proposed to take substantial steps to steadily build a partnership with the US to address common challenges.
A record 200-member US delegation took part in the second round of the talks in which the two sides discussed a host of issues like climate change.
Chinese President Hu Jintao said yesterday that the two sides should respect each other`s core interests and pledged to address US concerns relating to the Chinese currency.
The Chinese side also hopes to explore cooperation with the United States in new areas such as highway infrastructure construction, civil aviation and space exploration; and cement cooperation in trade, energy and anti-terrorism, according to Ma.