Asia Times: Obama Aide’s China Visit Was to Ease Tension Over Sea Ruling

Susan Rice, Xi Jinping

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing / AP


U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice traveled to Beijing this week as part of U.S. efforts to lessen simmering tensions over an international court ruling against China’s claims in the South China Sea.

Rice met Monday with Chinese leader Xi Jinping but few details were disclosed about the meeting. Xinhua, the official Chinese new agency, said Xi told Rice that Beijing is willing to develop "trusting, cooperative ties" and hoped for constructive solutions to disagreements.

White House National Security Council spokesman Ned Price said maritime issues were discussed in the meeting between Rice and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Central Military Commission Vice Chairman Fan Changlong but provided no details.

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