Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

US, China to resume talks to resolve trade disputes

US, China to resume talks to resolve trade disputes

Mr. Pompeo, while interacting with the media, said, "President Trump has made it clear that the USA seeks a constructive and results-oriented relationship with China grounded in fairness, reciprocity and respect".

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in Beijing Thursday.

"The United States will meet with whomever the United States wants to meet with", the official said when asked whether China was warning against such a meeting.

"The Chinese side made it clear to the United States that it should stop sending its vessels and military aircraft close to Chinese islands and reefs and stop actions that undermine China's sovereignty and security interests".

In a further sign of improving ties, Chinese Politburo Member Yang Jiechi and Defence Minister Wei Fenghe are set to hold a security and diplomatic dialogue with USA officials in Washington on Friday.

In an attempt to push back on a commonly held view in Beijing, Pompeo tried to offer reassurance that "the United States is not pursuing a cold war or containment policy with China".

A planned trip by Mattis to Beijing last month was cancelled amid rising military tensions between the Pacific powers.

Mattis made clear that this demand go unheeded by Washington, which insists it is acting under worldwide law to preserve access for it and others to the South China Sea.

The disputed sea is a major Asian trade route, where Beijing has landfilled areas for military infrastructure.

Reflecting growing US concerns about the Chinese cyber threat, a senior USA intelligence official on Thursday accused China of violating a 2015 agreement aimed at stopping cyber espionage through the hacking of government and corporate data. All three are also claimed by Taiwan, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Meeting US national security adviser John Bolton in Washington ahead of those talks, Yang said on Wednesday that the two sides should "properly manage differences and carefully prepare to ensure positive results in the Argentina meeting", China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

There has been a rise in negative voices on China in the US that merit attention, Xi said.

The two countries must agree to keep conflicts between them under control or else risk "destroying hopes for the new world order", the former secretary of state warned. Washington has protested to Beijing about recent behavior by its warships that the U.S. Navy considered unsafe.

Mattis was also upfront that USA would continue its so-called freedom of navigation program.

Lyle Morris, a senior policy analyst at the Rand Corp. focusing on Chinese foreign policy and Asia-pacific security, wrote on Twitter that while military-to-military relationship is "stable and communication is open and frank", both sides "are deeply entrenched in a security dilemma" in the South China Sea in which they disagree on the factors and causes of militarization.

While the Washington talks focused on security, trade is at the heart of tensions between the world's two biggest economies.

China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China's $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute can not be resolved.

Yang voiced hope for a quick resolution.

That's where the two leaders are likely to address the burgeoning trade dispute that's already hurting constituencies in both nations and threatens to weigh on the wider global economy.

"The door to negotiation remains open".

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