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Clinton to Visit, Hold Talks in China Next Week

29 August 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold talks with Chinese officials when she visits Beijing on Sept. 4-5. Her visit follows disagreements between the two countries over the handling of a South China Sea territorial dispute. The United States said two weeks ago that China should not use bilateral talks to attempt to “divide and conquer” nations with competing territorial claims. That was after Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visited Malaysia and Brunei, two such countries. China has long said it wants to handle disputes over its claims bilaterally, rather than multilaterally.—AP