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Obama to make 3-day, state visit to China next week

All Headlines 17:20 November 03, 2014

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama will pay a three-day, state visit to China next week, China's foreign ministry said Monday, as the two nations have vowed to manage differences over a range of contentious issues.

Obama will arrive in Beijing on Nov. 10 and attend the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. He is also scheduled for a sideline, bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Obama and Xi "will have an in-depth exchange of views on bilateral relations, major international and regional issues of common interest," Hua said during a regular press briefing, without elaborating further.

Next week's summit between Obama and Xi comes as Washington and Beijing have been at odds over a series of thorny issues, such as the pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong, territorial disputes surrounding the South and East China Seas as well as allegations of Chinese hacking into American businesses.

The U.S. and China, North Korea's last-remaining patron, have also remained distanced over how to resume the long-stalled multilateral talks aimed at persuading North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program.

South Korea and the U.S. have called on China to play a greater role in leading North Korea to demonstrate its commitment to denuclearize before any resumption of the nuclear talks with the North can take place, but China's efforts have still been seen as more accommodating toward North Korea.

kdh@yna.co.kr
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