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US State Secretary Rice kicks off China visit
Updated: 2005-07-10 08:36

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beijing Saturday evening for her second China visit in four months since she took office in January.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Beijing Saturday evening for her second China visit since she took office. [Xinhua]

During her stay, Rice is expected to confer with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, and State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan, while holding talks with Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, according to sources with the Foreign Ministry.

Both sides would discuss China-US relations, the Korean Peninsular nuclear issue and other issues of common concern.

China is the first leg of Rice's four-nation Asian tour, aimed primarily at finding ways to resume the stalled six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue.

Besides China, Rice will also go to Thailand, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Before her departure Friday, Rice told reporters the United States had no "timetable" for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to return to the six-party talks and would "keep opening doors" in a bid to jump-start the talks.

She expressed confidence in the US-China cooperation in promoting the restart of the six-party talks.

Rice first visited China on March 20 this year in the capacity of US secretary of state.

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