Clinton to visit, hold talks in China next week

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Posted: Aug 28, 2012 7:14 AM
Clinton to visit, hold talks in China next week

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will hold talks with Chinese officials when she visits Beijing next week. Her visit follows disagreements between the two countries over the handling of a South China Sea territorial dispute.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry says Clinton will be in China Sept. 4-5.

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.

Earlier this month, the State Department criticized China's establishment of a municipality and military garrison in the contested sea as risking an escalation in tensions.

China has long said it wants to handle disputes over its claims bilaterally, rather than multilaterally.