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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Arrives in Beijing for Talks

March 3, 2010

Peter Simpson
Voice of America (VoA)
March 2, 2010

Beijing -- A Chinese worker walks past a Chinese
flag fluttering on top of the National Museum of
China located east of the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,2 Mar 2010

Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg arrived
in Beijing Tuesday, to begin the first talks
since relations soured because of a range of issues from cyber-spying to trade.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Beijing says
Steinberg will discuss a range of bilateral
issues, including China's stance toward Iran over
its nuclear development program.

"There's a lot of issues out there that we're
talking to the Chinese on, and Iran is just one
of them.  But, of course, our relationship is
very comprehensive and very complex," he said.

With Russia now saying it is ready to consider
tougher sanctions against Tehran, Washington is
eager to get Beijing to do likewise.

However, the deputy secretary of state might have
to work hard to start the thaw in the currently
icy relations between Beijing and Washington.

Hours before his arrival, China - which is one of
five veto-wielding permanent members of the
United Nations Security Council - staunchly
repeated its belief that diplomacy was still the best way forward.

China is still smarting about a range of
disputes, including American arms sales to Taiwan
and President Barack Obama's recent meeting with the Dali Lama.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang reiterated
Tuesday that Beijing holds the United States
responsible for damaging relations and says it is
up to Washington to patch things up.

He says China demands the U.S. side seriously
treat Beijing's concerns with respect on issues such as Tibet and human rights.

He says the Chinese should not bear the
responsibility for the strained ties and is
urging Washington to respect Chinese core interests.

 From China, the deputy secretary of state will
travel on to Tokyo, with talks on bilateral
issues with Japanese government officials.

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