Kerry, China's top diplomat to discuss Islamic State

October 18, 2014 03:16

US Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, to his Boston home on Friday for talks aimed at warming the often strained US-China relationship ahead of a summit between their leaders next month.

After their dinner on Friday night, the two will hold formal talks on Saturday, which Chinese and US officials say will cover a broad range of issues, including cooperation against Islamic State militants, the fight against Ebola, and economic ties.

Shared concern about Islamic State offers a rare convergence of security interests for Beijing and Washington, as China has significant energy interests in Iraq and is also troubled by what it says are domestic Islamist militants. Beijing has responded cautiously, though, to a call by US President Barack Obama for a broad coalition to root out Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, saying the world should fight terror but that the sovereignty of countries must be respected.

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