Date
20 November 2017
Officials hope this week's dialogue would help stabilize bilateral ties in time for a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama in Beijing in November. Photo: AFP
Officials hope this week's dialogue would help stabilize bilateral ties in time for a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama in Beijing in November. Photo: AFP

US aims to reboot stalled progress with China

China and the United States hope to use an annual meeting of senior officials in Beijing this week to try to reset the two countries’ strained relationship, the Wall Street Journal reported.

At this year’s Strategic and Economic Dialogue scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, the US delegation led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will try to prevent the relationship from deteriorating further, the report said, citing Washington officials.

Neither side, however, is expecting major progress in the discussion of security issues such as cybertheft, North Korea’s nuclear program and Asian maritime disputes, nor are they hopeful of breakthroughs in talks on market access and the value of the Chinese currency, although they expect to advance negotiations on a bilateral investment treaty, according to the newspaper.

The officials hope that an atmosphere of cooperation during this week’s dialogue would help stabilize ties in time for a meeting between Chinese leader Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit of leaders in Beijing in November, the report said.

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