US officials hold talks with Chinese leadership

Top Obama Administration officials have had candid exchanges with their Chinese counterparts on a wide range of issues like North Korea and Iran and bilateral matters.

Last Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 20:47 PM IST

Washington: Top Obama Administration
officials have had candid exchanges with their Chinese
counterparts on a wide range of issues like North Korea and
Iran and bilateral matters.

National Economic Council Director Lawrence H
Summers and Deputy National Security Advisor Thomas E Donilon
held productive, detailed, and wide ranging discussions with
Chinese officials over the past four days, National Security
Council spokesman Mike Hammer said here.

The visit has advanced the goal of strengthening
US-China relationship, he said.

"In keeping with President Obama`s vision for the US
-China bilateral relationship, the United States seeks
to expand cooperation in the many areas where our countries`
interests coincide while we will speak frankly and with
respect when we disagree," Hammer said.

"It is in that spirit that Summers and Donilon held
extensive meetings that included candid exchanges on a wide
range of issues touching on bilateral and international
issues, among them North Korea, Iran and global rebalancing,"
he said.

"The American delegation was pleased to be able to
discuss with Chinese officials economic and security issues
from a strategic perspective and further expand the scope and
depth of the US-China relationship," Hammer said.

Summers and Donilon met with the Chinese President
Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice Premier Wang Qishan,
State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

They were also received by Li Yuanchao, Polituburo
member, head of Organization Department.

Separately, Summers also held discussions with
Governor of the People`s Bank of China Zhou Xiaochuan and
Finance Minister Xie Xuren while Donilon met with Vice
Chairman of the Central Military Commission General Xu Caihou,
the statement said.

PTI

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