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Govt 'working closely' on visit by Clinton

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The Foreign Ministry yesterday confirmed both sides were "working closely" on a visit by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to China, amid expectations of a buildup to a new level in bilateral ties.

"Maintaining high-level visits between China and the United States is of great importance to promoting bilateral ties. As for Hillary Clinton's visit to China, the two sides are keeping close contact on that," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a news briefing.

US media agencies had quoted diplomats as saying that the former US first lady, 61, would pick Japan, South Korea, China and probably Indonesia as destinations of her first trip abroad after becoming secretary of state.

If confirmed, the visit to China is likely to be scheduled around the middle of this month and will be "the most important buildup" to the first meeting of President Hu Jintao and his US counterpart Barack Obama during the G20 summit in London on April 2, international relations analysts said.

A ranking US State Department official recently told Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun that the Obama administration wants to upgrade bilateral strategic economic dialogues with China through an exchange of visits by US Vice-President Joe Biden and Premier Wen Jiabao.

Former US treasury secretary Henry Paulson and two vice-premiers from China had led the previous six editions of the strategic dialogue held during the Bush administration.

More political and security issues will be included in a comprehensive strategic dialogue, the Japanese newspaper reported.

"It is crucial how the new administration will lift bilateral ties to new levels," Fu Mengzi, assistant president of the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told China Daily yesterday.

"Though differences and disputes remain, high-level dialogues have already become a mature and effective way for issue-solving between the two powers," said Zhu Feng, a Peking University regional specialist on East Asia.

"We appreciate the attitude that the US side is devoting to develop a more active and constructive relationship with China," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said yesterday.


1. Which four countries is Hillary Clinton likely to visit soon?

2. What is the Obama administration hoping to do with Sino-US relations?

3. When will President Hu Jintao and President Barack Obama meet for the first time?


1. Japan, South Korea, China and Indonesia.

2. Lift bilateral ties to new levels to include more political and security issues.

3. At the G20 summit in London on April 2.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Govt 'working closely' on visit by Clinton

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Govt 'working closely' on visit by ClintonBernice Chan is a foreign expert at China Daily Website. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Bernice has written for newspapers and magazines in Hong Kong and most recently worked as a broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, producing current affairs shows and documentaries.