BEIJING, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- China reiterated its solemn stance on the Diaoyu Islands, as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visited China on Wednesday.
According to a press release from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Burns and Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun held talks with the U.S. visitor on Wednesday.
During the meetings, the Chinese side said that maintaining stable development of Sino-U.S. ties is in the two sides' common interests, and they should seriously implement the consensus reached by the two leaderships to expand talks, mutual trust and cooperation, said the press release.
The Chinese officials also called for each country to respect the other's core interests and grave concerns, as well as properly handle sensitive issues, saying Sino-U.S. ties should always be kept on a positive and correct track of development.
Burns said the Obama government highly values the development of bilateral ties, and will work with China to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit, shape a new type of relationship between major powers, and push forward bilateral relations, according to the press release.
The two sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues including the Middle East.
China Exclusive: Japanese "sovereignty" claim over Diaoyu Islands never recognized by U.S.
by Xinhua writer Zhang Yunlong
BEIJING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- A recent document produced by the United States government shows that the U.S. has never recognized Japan's claim of "sovereignty" over the Diaoyu Islands.
The report, "Diaoyu Islands Dispute: U.S. Treaty Obligations," was released on Sept. 25 by the U.S. Congressional Research Service and clarifies the U.S. government stand on the sovereignty issue. Full story
China Voice: U.S. should walk the talk
By Xinhua writer Cao Kai
BEIJING, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- In late September, the United States Congressional Research Service amended and republished a report titled "The Senkaku Islands Dispute: U.S. Treaty Obligations."
"During Senate deliberations on whether to consent to the ratification of the Okinawa Reversion Treaty, the State Department asserted that the United States took a neutral position with regard to the competing claims of Japan, China and Taiwan, despite the return of the islands to Japanese administration," the report states. Full story
Backroom deals between U.S., Japan concerning Diaoyu Dao illegal, invalid: white paper
BEIJING, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The backroom deals between the United States and Japan concerning Diaoyu Dao in 1970s are illegal and invalid, gravely violating China's territorial sovereignty, says a white paper issued by the Chinese government on Tuesday.
The white paper, titled "Diaoyu Dao, an Inherent Territory of China," was released Tuesday by the State Council Information Office of the People's Republic of China. Full story
U.S. defense chief says won't take sides over Diaoyu, wants peaceful resolution
TOKYO, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) -- Visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said here on Monday that the U.S. won't take sides over Diaoyu Islands and wants a peaceful resolution between China and Japan.
Penetta made the remarks during talks with Japanese government officials in Tokyo.
Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba and Panetta agreed that Japan and the United States must cooperate in preventing Japan-China relations from being seriously damaged, Gemba told reporters after the talks. Full story