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Increasing and sometimes violent encounters between China and its neighbors with competing claims in the South China Sea are driving up shipping costs and risk getting "out of control," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Sunday, underscoring the urgency of peacefully resolving disputes over resources and territory in the strategic waters.
North Korea's vice foreign minister will visit the United States this week to discuss the next steps needed to resume international negotiations aimed at ridding the communist nation of its nuclear programs, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.
On Thursday in Beijing, Gen. Chen Bingde, chief of the People's Liberation Army's general staff, issued an unusual and caustic tirade against the United States at the start of a meeting with visiting South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.
China recently has stepped up its flexing of big-power muscles on several fronts as Southeast Asian states challenge Beijing's sweeping claims of sovereignty over the resource-rich South China Sea.
Buoyed by President Hu Jintao's successful visit to Washington, China's relations with the U.S. are warming again, after a year of disputes over issues from Taiwan to Internet freedom, China's foreign minister said Monday.
U.S. intelligence agencies are working on a major strategic assessment of the national security dangers posed by China's large-scale holdings of U.S. debt, according to people close to the inquiry.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates met with China's Minister of Defense Gen. Liang Guanglie last week at the ASEAN defense ministers conference. Although the specifics of their agenda were unknown, China's aggression and arrogance this year means there should have been no lack of talking points. Certainly, China's unprecedented military buildup along with its illegal claims to the South China Sea should have been addressed head-on. However, it appears the main focus was on getting the Chinese to resume military-to-military relations and extending an invitation for Mr. Gates to visit Beijing in 2011.
China worked to calm nerves Tuesday among Asian neighbors jittery over its recent attempts to assert greater control over disputed waters, while the United States, China's rival, stressed its national interest in keeping those seas free for commerce.
President Barack Obama is using his last day at the U.N. General Assembly to focus on averting renewed conflict in Sudan and easing growing maritime tensions between China and its Southeast Asian neighbors.