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US, China Diplomats Meet in Beijing

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg (L) shakes hands with Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo before a meeting at the Zhongnanhai compound in Beijing, January 28, 2011

A team of U.S. officials including Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg met Friday with China's top foreign policy-maker, Dai Bingguo, for talks on a wide range of issues concerning the two countries.

The U.S. Embassy said in a short statement that talks in Beijing between the U.S. team Chinese officials included developments on the Korean peninsula.

The embassy said Steinberg had productive consultations on next step to achieve U.S. President Barack Obama's and Chinese President Hu Jintao's shared vision and commitment to building a positive U.S.-China relationship.

Steinberg was accompanied by Jeffrey Bader, a top White House aide on Asia policy and Sung Kim, the ambassador to the suspended six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.