In long run

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By LI XIAOKUN in Bei­jing lix­i­aokun@chi­nadaily.com.cn

De­spite re­cent ten­sions in the South China Sea, Wash­ing­ton has made it clear to Bei­jing that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama wants a sta­ble trans­fer to the next US leader of the progress made on ties with Bei­jing dur­ing his eight years in of­fice.

US Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Su­san Rice brought the mes­sage dur­ing her lat­est visit, a source with the For­eign Min­istry told China Daily on Wed­nes­day.

“Rice spent roughly 70 per­cent of her time in meet­ings here dis­cussing co­op­er­a­tion, and only 30 per­cent on other is­sues,” said the source, who re­quested anonymity.

Rice was in China from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day, mainly to pre­pare­forObama’sat­ten­dance at the G20 Lead­ers’ Sum­mit in Hangzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince, in Septem­ber. She met with Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and other Chi­nese of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing State Coun­cilor Yang Jiechi.

The visit came amid ten­sions in the South China Sea af­ter Bei­jing re­jected a July 12 ar­bi­tra­tion rul­ing in a case uni­lat­er­ally brought by the Philip­pines over mar­itime dis­putes with China.

“Both sides agreed that we won’t let dis­putes de­fine the re­la­tions,” the source said.

News re­leases is­sued by both sides af­ter­ward fo­cused on bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, with­out di­rectly men­tion­ing the South China Sea is­sue.

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