Clinton tells Hu that China-U.S. ties strong

Reuters News
Posted: May 03, 2012 11:39 PM
Clinton tells Hu that China-U.S. ties strong

BEIJING (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday that relations between their two countries were the strongest they had ever been, even as the two countries are engaged in a spat over China's treatment of a blind dissident.

"We believe that the China U.S. relationship is stronger than it's ever been," Clinton said during a meeting at the Great Hall of the People.

"We have developed a very open and honest relationship where we can discuss our differences, and we remain committed to bridging those differences whenever and wherever possible."

(Reporting by Michael Martina; Writing by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Ken Wills)