China and the US will have an opportunity to reign in any disputes in the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting that is due to be held in Beijing this November. This comes after Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi’s announcement on Monday that US President Barrack Obama will be in attendance. Yang, in his talks with Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice, also added that both countries have begun the preparation work, Xinhua reports.
Many observers have noted that importance of this forthcoming meeting, given the tension throughout the past year over maritime issues and security interests. Yuan Peng, a US studies expert and vice-president of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, said the trip “has created a good atmosphere for the presidential visit”. Yuan also added “Both Beijing and Washington have made known that they are unwilling to see the relationship continue spiraling down,” in a report by China Daily.
Rice is currently on her first visit to China since taking office as national security advisor, last July, and is due to talk to other leaders, before leaving on Tuesday.
By Robert Ridley
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