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Kerry sees opportunities in new leadership in China

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:35

April 13 - US Secretary of State Kerry meets with leaders in China where he is expected to push for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Chinese President (shee )Xi Jinping Saturday at the start of his two-day trip to the country. Kerry has made no secret of his desire to see China take a more active stance towards North Korea -- which has recently threatened nuclear war against the United States and South Korea. He later met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. As they two sat down -- the premier spoke of common ties. (SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG SAYING: "China and U.S. indeed have huge common interest. Decades of practice after establishment of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations has proven that our common interest is far more than dispute. In addition, as big countries, China and U.S. have a responsibility to maintain the peace and stability of region and the world." Kerry said new leadership in China offers opportunities. (SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING: "We very very much look forward to building on what the president just described to me as the potential of a new model, a model relationship, obviously this is a critical time in the region as well as in the world. We are very grateful to China for its cooperation with us on Iran and on a number of other issues." Kerry's visit comes after weeks of North Korean threats of war after new U.N. sanctions were imposed in response to its third nuclear test in February.

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Kerry sees opportunities in new leadership in China

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 01:35