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US, China begin strategic & economic talks

Chinese President Xi Jinping has urged the United States to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity at the start of annual talks in Beijing.

The Strategic and Economic Dialogue began on Wednesday and runs for 2 days. The talks between the 2 countries address a wide range of issues.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are heading the US delegation. Leading the Chinese side are Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

President Xi spoke at the opening ceremony at Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing. He said China and the United States should strengthen mutual trust through dialogue and build a new model of superpower relations.
He said the only path forward for the 2 countries is to respect each other's sovereignty and refrain from imposing their will or model on the other.

Kerry said a new model of relations is not defined in words but in actions. He said the United States is not seeking to contain China. He said it welcomes a peaceful, stable China that contributes to stability in the region and plays a responsible role.

The issues of cyber security and China's maritime activities are expected to be high on the agenda.

US President Barack Obama released a statement at the start of the talks.

He referred to the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, and said the 2 countries are now economically inseparable.
Obama said the United States is committed to the shared goal of a new model of relations, defined by increased practical cooperation and constructive management of differences.

Jul. 9, 2014 - Updated 05:48 UTC