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Economy, climate on Clinton's Beijing list

MAKING her first trip abroad as United States secretary of state, Hillary Clinton said three of her top priorities in China will be addressing the global economic crisis, climate change and efforts to bring the Democratic People's Republic of Korean back to disarmament talks.

Clinton and other senior officials in the Obama administration hope to find new fields of cooperation, in particular, tackling climate change and environmental protection, to further promote China-US relations, according to media reports. She arrived in Beijing late yesterday.

"Our mutual economic engagement with China was evident during the economic growth of the past two decades. It is even clearer now in economic hard times and in the array of global challenges we face from nuclear security to climate change to pandemic disease and so much else," said Clinton in her speech at the Asia Society New York Headquarters on February 13.

After meeting China's top officials today, she planned to attend church tomorrow morning.

"We stand ready to strengthen dialogue with the US, enhance mutual trust, expand cooperation and promote greater development of bilateral relations in the new era," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu told a press conference on Thursday.

China is the last leg of Clinton's four-nation Asian visit, which began last Sunday, following Japan, Indonesia and the Republic of Korea. She is scheduled to leave tomorrow.


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