US to identify ‘forward-looking agenda’ with China

Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) US National Security Adviser Susan Rice has said President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to China will be an opportunity to identify “a forward-looking agenda” for the US-China ties.

“President Obama appreciates the opportunity to have a candid and in-depth conversations with (Chinese) President Xi (Jinping) about our respective priorities, given the breadth and the importance of the US-China bilateral relationship,” Xinhua quoted Rice as saying Friday.

Obama will be in China from Monday to Wednesday next week for an informal leaders’ meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum and pay a state visit to China.

The visit “is an opportunity to identify a forward-looking agenda for the next two years of this relationship”, she added.

During their meetings – both formal and informal sessions – the two leaders will discuss a number of issues including cyber-security and human rights, Rice said.

After his trip to China, Obama will visit Myanmar to participate in the East Asia Summit and the US-ASEAN summit before flying to Brisbane, Australia, to attend the Group 20 Summit.

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