Clinton, Chinese minister meet amid tensions over Pacific islands
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met her Chinese counterpart Saturday on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit to exchange views on relations and issues of common concern, reported DPA.
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Sino-US relations had maintained stable momentum for development, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Yang said China wanted to continue the close cooperation, and to create a good atmosphere for President Hu Jintao's visit to the United States early next year.
But he also reaffirmed Beijing's sovereignty over the Diaoyu Islands and warned the US to be careful in addressing the highly sensitive issue. Yang said the US should China's territorial integrity and not to make any irresponsible remarks, Xinhua reported.
On Thursday, Clinton met with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in Hawaii, saying the Diaoyu Islands fall within the scope of the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security.
She has also stressed a US preference for multilateral resolution of maritime territorial disputes between China and several South-East Asian countries, including Vietnam.