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Washington and Beijing on dialogue about South China Sea

 

China and the United States agreed on July 10th to boost military ties and counter-terrorism cooperation during high-level annual talks, but there is no evidence of progress on maritime or cyber-security issues.

The two-day talks in Beijing, were led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew for the United States and Vice Premier Wang Yang and top diplomat Yang Jiechi for China.

The Strategic and Economic Dialogue between China and the U.S., that started as a yearly event in 2009, is more about managing the bilateral relationship.

The issues discussed were about cooperation in counter-terrorism, cyber security, law enforcement and military-to-military relations, like territorial and maritime rights in the South and East China Seas,  how to safeguard regional peace and stability, drilling rights, among other issues.

Washington insists it has not taken sides but has criticised China’s behaviour in the potentially energy-rich South China Sea, where the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have overlapping territorial claims with China.