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US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

4 years 3 weeks 4 days ago Saturday, October 18 2014 Oct 18, 2014 October 18, 2014 9:28 AM October 18, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press

BOSTON - The U.S. and China are pledging to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus ahead of President Barack Obama's upcoming trip to the Chinese capital.

Meeting in Boston on Saturday, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest. Washington and Beijing have recently clashed over matters including territorial disputes between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea and pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.

Kerry is hosting Yang in his hometown for two days of discussions as Obama prepares to travel to Beijing for a summit of Asia-Pacific leaders in November.

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