US and China Prepare for Visit of Chinese Leader

With President Hu Jintao scheduled to visit Washington later this month, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held a meeting in Washington to discuss thorny issues in the the U.S.-China bilateral relationship, including nuclear proliferation in Iran and North Korea, trade, and global warming. The Washington Post reports from the joint press conference by Clinton and Yang:

Standing beside Yang, Clinton told reporters that the visit, which will include a formal state dinner at the White House, would “continue the positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship between our two countries.”

Yang said he believed the relationship “is on the right track.”

“We are confronted with common challenges and we are enjoying common opportunities,” he said. “It is in the best interests of China, the United States and the world for us to continue to work together.”

On Tuesday, Yang saw national security advisor Tom Donilon at a White House meeting that President Barack Obama dropped in on.

See also, “Obama to Push China’s Hu on Yuan, Human Rights” from the Wall Street Journal.