US, China should ensure G20 talks go well, senior diplomat says

US, China should ensure G20 talks go well, senior diplomat says

Yang, joined by Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, are holding a security and diplomatic dialogue with the United States in Washington on Friday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has warned US President Donald Trump to respect its choices, ahead of the two world leaders meeting at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month.

Top Chinese diplomat Yang Jiechi (YAHNG jee-uh-CHERR) is making his government's position clear after the latest round of U.S. They were supposed to have been held in Beijing in October but were delayed amid rising tensions over trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea.

In late September, U.S. and Chinese vessels almost collided off near a disputed reef. Beijing has retaliated with tariffs on $110 million worth of US goods.

Trump has railed against China for what he sees as intellectual property theft, entry barriers to United States business and a gaping trade deficit.

As the world today is undergoing unprecedented changes that have not been seen in the past 100 years, it is the worldwide community's expectation that China-U.S. relations will continue to move forward in the right direction, the Chinese president said.

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A "frank" exchange of views can be expected in top-level diplomatic and security talks between the United States and China on Friday, including on issues such as human rights and the South China Sea, the U.S. ambassador to China said. The U.S. also seeks action from China on the export of a synthetic form of opioids called fentanyl that is a scourge of drug addiction in America.

Terry Branstad told reporters at the State Department on Thursday that the USA would seek progress on priority issues, including North Korea, and that there would also be discussions on strategic security and how "to avoid mistakes or accidents that can happen in the military arena".

"As for the present China-U.S. economic and trade dispute, we believe it ought to be and can be appropriately resolve via equal dialogue", Wang said, according to China's Foreign Ministry.

China clearly views Friday's talks, which will be followed by a joint news conference, as a scene-setter for the upcoming meeting between Trump and Xi.

The two sides should "properly manage differences and carefully prepare to ensure positive results in the Argentine meeting", politburo member Yang Jiechi told USA national security adviser John Bolton in Washington, China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.

"China is in damage control mode", said Yun Sun, a China expert at the Stimson Center think tank, noting Beijing's uncertainty about what exactly Trump wants out of trade deal but its hopes that with USA mid-term elections out of the way the mercurial American president may be more inclined to reach a compromise.

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