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US, Chinese Foreign Ministers Meet Ahead of UNGA

John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013. John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
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John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
John Kerry and Wang Yi shake hands after making statements before their meeting. Sept. 19, 2013.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, meeting in Washington ahead of next week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly, discussed nuclear weapons in North Korea, chemical weapons in Syria and maritime security in the South China Sea.
 
Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Wang also discussed mutual concerns from Syria and Iran to Beijing's territorial disputes with neighbors.
 
"From our dialogue on intellectual property to maritime security and human rights, we are committed to working through difficult issues, and, as you can tell, we have a very big agenda,” said Kerry.
 
Wang said it's important to make progress.
 
"We look forward to making non-conflict and confrontation, mutual respect, and win-win cooperation part of all aspects of the China-U.S. relationship to benefit both countries," said Wang.
 
Washington hopes that better relations with China will help resolve Beijing's conflict with Tokyo over islands in the East China Sea.  Competing patrols have raised tensions as has Japan's suggestion that it may station government workers there.
 
Commenting on the ongoing situation, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei said, "China has an unshakeable resolve and determination to protect our territorial sovereignty and will not tolerate any escalation. If the Japanese side recklessly makes provocative moves, it will have to accept the consequences."
 
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also opined that Tokyo cannot ignore territorial challenges.
 
"We have to read the landscape of international relations with our own eyes, use our heads to figure out Japan's role, and take actions with our legs," said the Prime Minister.
 
The Obama administration has tried to stay out of this dispute despite a security treaty with Japan. Michael Auslin of the American Enterprise Institute says it's similar to Washington's "strategic ambiguity" over China and Taiwan.
 
"You make clear your interests but you really never express your full thoughts on the issue. For example, when would you actively defend your ally?" asked Auslin.
 
China is also facing competing claims in the South China Sea from the Philippines, Vietnam and other countries.  Manila is considering removing concrete blocks it believes China placed in the disputed waters as part of its claim.
 
Commenting on that issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei pointed out, "Chinese activities around the islands and surrounding waters are completely within Chinese sovereignty. We ask the Philippines to stop provocative actions, to see eye-to-eye with China and protect the peace and stability in the South China Sea."
 
Auslin says Washington is professing no opinion on this dispute either, noting "if we really didn't have a position, we wouldn't care how it's resolved and we wouldn't care what China did. But we have treaty allies that we're dealing with, particularly the Philippines, and we have other countries that we're feeling closer to over time, including Vietnam."
 
The Philippines has taken its case to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, but Beijing has rejected Manila's request for arbitration, insisting that delineating maritime boundaries is a sovereignty issue not covered by that U.N. body.

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by: eyesonU from: California
September 21, 2013 11:14 PM
It's interesting to know what will happen between China and Japan, or Philippine.


by: alanzee from: California
September 21, 2013 4:16 PM
Chineese surveyed and did siesmic test on SCARBOROUGH SHOAL and find positive reading of OIL and GAS deposits that contain 250 billion barrels of OIL and 2 trillion cubic mt. of GAS deposits and i guessed Chineese have reasons to Claim these vast atols/rock's well w/in the Philippines teritory...........


by: Wangchuk from: NYC
September 20, 2013 10:13 AM
It's not surprising 50 Cent Party member Jon Huang is cheering the Chinese Communist Party. But the US must do more to improve human rights in China, Tibet & Xinjiang. The CCP has turned Tibet & Xinjiang into giant police states where Tibetans & Uighurs have no genuine freedoms. The CCP continues to repress Chinese dissidents while corrupt CCP officials grow fat from embezzled funds & bribes.


by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
September 20, 2013 9:08 AM
Go China go!

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by: alanzee from: California
September 21, 2013 4:08 PM
China's 9 dash line or south china sea including other asean 200 nautical mile EEZ or exclusive economic zone is contrary to U.N.C.L.O.S. or United nation convention of the law of the sea therefore it is baseless claim. Example in SCARBOROUGH SHOAL is well W/in the Philippine teritory under the town called Zambales and chineese are claiming....

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