US-China anti-terror talks mooted

Hillary Clinton says two countries must co-operate more on global issues.

    Clinton said the US and China must co-operate to tackle the world's toughest crises [Reuters]

    The counterterrorism talks Clinton announced on Thursday will be the first institutionalised discussion between the US and China, which already hold regular talks on political and economic issues.

    Continuing dialogue

    Clinton cited the nuclear standoffs with North Korea and Iran, climate change, non-proliferation, pandemic diseases and poverty reduction as possible areas for greater co-operation.

    "We must seek to talk honestly and openly, even when agreement is not possible"

    Hillary Clinton,
    US secretary of state

    The secretary of state steered clear of US complaints on Chinese trade and human rights practices - a sensitive topic for Beijing - focusing instead on the need for better communication and trust between the sometime rivals.

    She did note, however, that the US and China had "a very frank discussion" about human rights during talks in July which focused on bilateral, regional and global challenges on economic and foreign policy issues, as well as climate change.

    Admitting that the US and China "will not see to eye to eye on every issue" she said both sides were committed to try to make the dialogue work.

    "We have different histories, different experiences, different perspectives but we must seek to talk honestly and openly, even when agreement is not possible," Clinton said, adding that the Obama administration sees building a strong relationship with China as a central goal.

    Barack Obama, the US president, is expected to make his first presidential visit to China in November.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.