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China wants more contribution to world peace: FM

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China will continue to pursue a diplomacy of its own characteristics in the coming 2014 while making a greater contribution to world peace and development, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Wednesday. Addressing a New Year reception for foreign diplomats and representatives of international organizations, Wang said Chinese diplomacy will strive to create a favorable external environment for the comprehensive deepening of its reforms and realizing the nation's great rejuvenation.

Senior Chinese official voices hope to boost exchanges with Japan

Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi on Tuesday during a meeting with a Japanese prefectural governor expressed hope of strengthening exchanges between local governments of the two countries, despite lingering diplomatic tensions between Tokyo and Beijing. After meeting with Yang in Beijing, Nagasaki Gov. Hodo Nakamura quoted him as saying, "Exchanges between the private sector and local communities are very important, so China wants to actively promote them."

China touts role in easing tensions on Korean Peninsula

BEIJING, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- A senior Chinese official on Friday touted his country's diplomatic efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula, while reaffirming its pledge to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program. State Councilor Yang Jiechi, a senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, also hailed the June summit talks between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Xi as having "consolidated our good-neighborly friendship and cooperation."

U.S.-China relationship like a (straight) marriage -China's Wang

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The relationship between the United States and China is like a marriage, with both parties building trust and cooperation, a visiting Chinese official said on Wednesday. However, it is not like a gay marriage, Vice Premier Wang Yang quipped as he sat next to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. Both officials came to their positions this year and are co-chairing the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, a yearly meeting between the world's two biggest economies.

U.S., China begin high-level security, economic talks

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, July 10 (Yonhap) -- The United States and China kicked off top-level talks Wednesday here on security and the economy, exchanging both lip service and thinly veiled claims on sensitive issues such as hacking and human rights. "We both will benefit from an open, secure, reliable Internet," U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said at the opening of the two-day discussions. "Outright cyber-enabling theft that U.S. companies are experiencing now must be viewed as out of bounds and needs to stop."

Biden mourns victims of Asiana jet crash

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, July 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden expressed his condolences Wednesday to the families of two Chinese girls killed in a recent Asiana Airlines jet crash. He delivered the message at the outset of two-day high-level talks between the U.S. and China in Washington. "I want to start by expressing my sadness, the sadness of, quite frankly, the American people in the loss of two beautiful young lives, young Chinese students, in the Asiana plane crash on Saturday," Biden said. "Our sympathies to their families and to your country."

US, China exchange concerns on hacking

The United States and China on Monday aired out concerns about hacking, which has emerged as a major irritant between the world's two largest economies. US and Chinese officials met in Washington for the first session of a "cyber working group," two days before the countries hold their main annual talks. A State Department official said the inaugural session would let the two sides "raise concerns, develop processes for future cooperation and set the tone" on cyber issues.

China, India agree to step up border peace efforts

The Chinese and Indian defence chiefs agreed Saturday to strengthen "peace and tranquility" along their frontier, state media reported, as the countries work to keep tensions in a disputed border area in check. "The ministers emphasised the importance of enhancing mutual trust and understanding between the two militaries," General Chang Wanquan of China and A.K. Antony of India said in a joint statement carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

India's defense minister leaves on 4-day China visit

Indian Defence Minister A.K. Antony left Thursday for a four-day visit to China. Ministry sources said issues topping the agenda for the visit are maintenance of peace and tranquility on the border, exchanges and interactions between the armed forces of both sides and matters relating to regional and global security. This is Antony's first visit to China since he assumed office and will be the first visit by an Indian defense minister since 2006.

Mexican foreign relations secretary meets with Chinese officials

Beijing, May 20 (EFE).- Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Jose Antonio Meade met with Chinese officials on Monday in Beijing to discuss how the two countries can expand bilateral relations. The visit was designed to follow up on the meeting in April between Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, at the Boao Forum, known as the "Asian Davos," Meade told Efe. "What we want is that a dialgoue that got off to a good start, in which the two countries expressed support for the idea of strengthening it, continues," Meade said.
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