US National Security Advisor travels to China

The United States President Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice met with several senior Chinese officials in Beijing, China. Rice was in China August 28 and 29 to prepare for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the United States and to discuss bilateral, regional, and global issues of mutual concern, US National Security Council spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.

The American spokesman said Rice had a fruitful and wide-ranging consultations with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Beijing. “Ambassador Rice and State Councilor Yang agreed on the importance of expanding cooperation on a range of issues, including Iran, North Korea, climate change, and global public health.”

Rice also emphasized with Yang Jiechi the need to confront differences constructively, including on issues of concern such as cyber, Chinese currency, maritime issues, and human rights.

“In her meeting with President Xi, Ambassador Rice reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to develop and deepen practical cooperation in areas of overlapping interest and to address disagreements forthrightly and effectively,” the NSC spokesman said.