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Topic - Yang Jiechi
Cybersecurity and the threat posed by Chinese hackers provided the main source of discord in the otherwise amicable meeting in the California desert over the weekend between President Obama and new Chinese leader Xi Jinping, a summit that set a standard for informality and direct exchanges between the leaders of the globe's two biggest economies.
After meeting with Japanese leaders Sunday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry signaled that the U.S. is prepared to engage in talks with North Korea if it moves toward abandoning its nuclear program.
After a day of diplomatic talks with Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Saturday, Chinese authorities here claimed they are committed to working "peacefully" toward the goal of getting North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons.
The Obama administration's top national security official said Monday that the United States "will not accept North Korea as a nuclear state" and called on Chinese leaders to get serious about cracking down on cyber-related crimes.
China's foreign minister called North Korea's ambassador in for a dressing-down Tuesday and demanded his country's cease making further threats, in a show of Beijing's displeasure over its erstwhile ally's latest nuclear test.
Syrian warplanes pounded opposition strongholds around Damascus and in the north Wednesday as President Bashar Assad's forces intensified airstrikes following the failure of a U.N.-backed cease-fire, activists said.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday said she is "not surprised by the failure" of the latest cease-fire between Syrian military forces and rebel factions seeking the ouster of President Bashar Assad.
Talks between Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how to resolve Beijing's territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors in the South China Sea.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Beijing to press Chinese authorities to agree to peacefully resolve disputes with their smaller neighbors over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea. But as she began her meetings here, China questioned the stated neutrality of the United States.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is in Beijing to press Chinese authorities to agree to peacefully resolve disputes with their smaller neighbors over competing territorial claims in the South China Sea.
The Obama administration wants Beijing to accept a code of conduct for resolving territorial disputes in the resource-rich South China Sea, a difficult U.S. mediation effort that has faced resistance from the communist government - although it has endeared the U.S. to once-hostile countries in Southeast Asia.
Plainclothes Syrian security agents opened fire at anti-regime protesters near the cars of U.N. monitors in a Damascus suburb Wednesday, a witness said. Amateur video showed people ducking for cover as gunshots rang out.
China's foreign minister said Sunday that his country is troubled by North Korea's plan to launch a long-range rocket and has urged more diplomacy to handle the situation, a measured response to a provocation that has unsettled the region.
China's foreign minister on Wednesday said his nation is "committed to peaceful development" and hopes the United States will see Chinese progress "in the right and objective way."
Southern Africa is facing an "erosion of democracy" caused in part by a failure of regional leaders to live up to their own agreements on the rule of law, civil society groups warned Wednesday.
The leaders "did not shy away from differences," said Mr. Yang, but Mr. Obama and Mr. Xi "blazed a new trail" in the relationship between their countries.
"Cybersecurity should not become the root cause of mutual suspicion and frictions between our two countries," Mr. Yang said. "Rather, it should be a new bright spot in our cooperation."