In long run
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.