China Welcomes Smoother U.S. Ties, Nudges Iran

A meeting between President Obama and , China’s new ambassador to Washington, has marked an easing in tensions between the two countries. From Reuters:

The conciliatory words from the two powers, which have been through a bout of strains, came after Chinese envoy, Zhang Yesui, met Obama and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg on Monday.

“The president also stressed the need for the United States and China to work together and with the international community on critical global issues including nonproliferation and pursuing sustained and balanced global growth,” said a statement by White House spokesman Robert Gibbs after Obama’s meeting with Zhang.

Since the start of the year, China and Washington have traded criticisms over Beijing’s controls on the Internet, U.S. weapons sales to Taiwan and Obama’s meeting with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.

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