Top US official begins China visit
Updated: 2006-01-24 10:47
US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick arrived in Beijing at the start
of a three-day visit to China.
On Tuesday morning, Zoellick met with Chinese Premier Wen
Zoellick will also meet Foreign
Minister Li Zhaoxing "to exchange views on China-US relations and major
international and regional issues of common concern," Xinhua news agency said.
Secretary of State Robert Zoellick (L) shakes hands with China Premier Wen
Jiabao, at the Diaoyutai State Guest House in Beijing, January 24, 2006.
Zoellick is in Beijing to hold talks with senior chinese officials
expected to cover nuclear standoffs with Iran and North Korea.
Zoellick arrived in the Chinese capital from Japan, where his talks with
government leaders were overshadowed by Tokyo's abrupt new ban on US beef over
mad cow disease concerns.
The US State Department has said US concerns over the nuclear programmes of
North Korea and Iran would be on the agenda of Zoellick's talks with Chinese
"I look forward to a good exchange of views in Beijing on security and
proliferation issues -- particularly in Northeast Asia, and Iran" among other
topics, Zoellick said in a statement last week.
A speech Zoellick made in September that called on China
to treat itself -- and be treated by other countries -- as a key "stakeholder"
in international trade and diplomatic relations has been read by Chinese
analysts as a key Washington statement on often rocky relations between the two
"The United States and China are two large and important stakeholders in the
international system," Zoellick said in remarks made just before departing for
Asia on January 19.
He is also scheduled to travel to Chengdu in the southwestern province of
Sichuan, where he will meet regional authorities and visit the Chengdu Panda
Research Base, the State Department said.
From China, Zoellick is due to travel to the World
Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland.