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Top US envoy John Kerry fails to make headway over sea disputes in Beijing

Only result of Beijing visit was a commitment to seek greater co-operation on climate change

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 15 February, 2014, 3:27pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 February, 2014, 4:08am

US Secretary of State John Kerry ended a visit to China without any breakthroughs on two matters at the top of his agenda - sovereignty tensions in the East Sea and the South China Sea.

The only solid outcome of the trip came in a joint statement issued by the two governments yesterday that vowed closer co-operation on climate change.

Shi Yinhong , a professor of international relations at Renmin University, said: "Kerry's China visit only provided an opportunity for both sides to make clear their differences on these issues."

Jin Canrong, with the same university, said it was expected no consensus on regional issues would be reached during the trip. Instead, the visit was important for Beijing and Washington to prepare for an upcoming meeting between President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama at a nuclear security summit at The Hague late next month.

"During this trip, Kerry also reiterated the US invitation for the Chinese navy to join the Rimpac exercise in Hawaii later this year. The US hoped China could send two ships but Beijing has yet to reply," Jin said.

The Rim of the Pacific Exercise is the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise and is hosted by the US Navy's Pacific Fleet.

The United States is also hoping China can use its relationship with North Korea to press for restarting talks over dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. Kerry said Beijing had assured him it was prepared to step up pressure.

In a joint statement yesterday, the two governments said they had agreed on steps to carry out commitments to curb the output of greenhouse gases that trap heat in the atmosphere, including by reducing vehicle emissions and improving the energy efficiency of buildings.

Additional reporting by Associated Press, Reuters

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jiawang@adb.org
Preparations are still in effect for war between Japan/US and China.
The West (the EU, Russia, Japan, the US) are determined to see China weakened and fragmented.
China must stop believing its own propaganda.
China need allies and friends.
hongkiejj@malaysiaboleh
spare me dat thoughts pls...basically what concession do Kerry thinks he will be able to retract from china btw ? I do however think it is important to see them meet and trash things out even if they do agree to disagree.
the reality is dat usa much vaunted respectable position has taken a hit n credibility at almost all time low with scandals involving nsa and bias outlook as far as with japan historical issues and the much ado about nothing over the coming soon to the nearest theater china acclaimed azid over SEA which is not happening anytime soon albeit china ridiculous claim over the whole area.
the petty idea dat china is dangerous, friendless, internal domestic diversion and thus the crux of all the problems is a load of hogwash to begin with especially with japan convenient excuse to rearm themselves.
there are bigger and multitude of issues china needs to address and resolve and it all begins at home n certainly not as how you have exaggerated blindly
dharmakarma
Way I see it, Mr. Kerry is misunderstood as a fox in a hen house.

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