America and China’s top diplomats stressed the need to manage differences and cooperate against global threats including ISIS and Ebola, as they sought to warm the mood between the two countries before a summit next month.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted a dinner for China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi at his Boston townhouse on Friday as they spoke “frankly,” according to a senior State Department official, about ways to manage differences while improving cooperation on global and regional issues.
The listed areas of cooperation ranged from Afghanistan, the North Korea nuclear situation, Iran, climate change and counter terrorism, including the effort against Islamic State.
On Monday, Kerry is to attend the inauguration of Indonesia’s newly elected president Joko Widodo in Jakarta, where he is expected to hold bilateral meetings with regional counterparts soho share concerns about China’s territorial assertiveness in East Asia.
The Apec Economic Leaders’ Meeting will be held on November 10 and 11, with ministers of the 21 Pacific Rim governments meeting from November 7 in Beijing, China.