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    Top US Security Envoy Holds Talks in Beijing

    U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (L) and China's President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 24, 2012. U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (L) and China's President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 24, 2012.
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    U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (L) and China's President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 24, 2012.
    U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon (L) and China's President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 24, 2012.
    The U.S. National Security Advisor is in Beijing to meet with China’s top leaders and to discuss military and security issues as well as the China’s position on the Syrian conflict and Iran.

    Thomas Donilon held talks on Tuesday with Chinese President Hu Jintao and State Councilor Dai Bingguo.

    Donilon told Hu that President Barack Obama is “fully committed to building a cooperative partnership with China” on issues in the region and the globe.

    China’s Xinhua news agency quoted Dai Bingguo as saying that the U.S. envoy’s visit  is “important considering the timing, the background and the mission.”

    Jin Canrong, associate dean of the school of International Relations at Renmin University, says that although the U.S.-China relations are generally stable, the two countries have to work out conflicting opinions on a range of matters. 

    “The two sides do not trust each other. Donilon’s role as a national security advisor is important in defusing doubts between the two countries,” Jin said.

    Syria, Iran diplomatic issues

    Last week China again joined Russia in vetoing a U.N. resolution calling for sanctions on Syria.  China perceives such a move as an interference in Syria's internal affairs. Western countries, including the United States, strongly criticized China’s decision, calling the vote “deplorable”.

    Jin Canrong says officials are likely to discuss Syria, but Chinese authorities are unlikely to be persuaded to adopt a more interventionist stance.

    The two sides are also expected to discuss Iran, which is now subjected to tough economic sanctions that deter third countries’ imports of Iran’s crude oil. Last month, and in a surprising move, the Obama administration added China, Iran’s top customer of oil, to a list of exempted countries allowed to purchase oil from Iran for 180 days without incurring economic repercussions from the United States.

    “But the exemption is of only 6 months, after that what will they do?” Jin said, suggesting that Donilon’s visit could help define what the two countries’ will do next.

    On Tuesday, Chinese media widely reported on Japanese protests against a U.S. military aircraft, the Osprey V-22, that had just arrived in Japan where it will be deployed to the American military base of Okinawa. Japanese opposition came from local officials and citizens concerned about the plane’s safety record.

    China did not release any official statement on the matter and Jin Canrong thinks that Donilon’s visit will not prompt China’s leaders to express their view on the subject. “It's a tactics’ weapon that does not change the strategic balance,” he said adding that China still views it as a U.S-Japan issue.

    North Korea, China Sea issues

    Other areas of discussion might include North Korea and conflicts over disputed territory in the East and South China Sea.

    Donilon is scheduled to meet other Chinese senior military and state officials on Wednesday, including Xu Caihou, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission, foreign minister Yang Jiechi, Vice Premier Wang Qishan, and Xi Jinping, the current vice president and Hu Jintao’s most likely successor after the next Party Congress scheduled for this fall.

    After China, the U.S. envoy will fly to Japan to consult with senior Japanese officials on U.S.-Japan security cooperation and other bilateral issues.

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    by: Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 3:31 PM
    Oh, please do not take South China Sea chaotic situation as a bargan chip.

    by: Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 10:34 AM
    Why should you review our opinion ? Why we could not free say out our opinions. I think that it not is fair.otherwise,you should give a detail explanation
    In Response

    by: Charlie from: UK
    July 25, 2012 8:41 AM
    If we are allowed to express ourselves freely,I think most readers would condemn and curse the Chinese for its aggressive behaviours in South China Sea.Hopefully,the Americans are not making any backhand deals with the Chinese at the expense of the ASEAN countries
    In Response

    by: Anonymous
    July 25, 2012 1:28 AM
    Have you notice how the so call free press are putting these statements on there website, but they don't ask you before they sell your information.

    by: Anonymous
    July 24, 2012 10:23 AM
    China top leads need not meet the envoy because they are not in the same level

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