A special envoy of Chinese President Hu Jintao is traveling to the United States and Russia amid tensions over North Korea's claims of a nuclear test, China's Foreign Ministry said.
State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan will stop in Washington and Moscow "as a special envoy of the president," the ministry said late Wednesday.
It said Tang left Wednesday but did not specify whom would meet or what would be discussed. A US State Department official in Washington said the visit was planned before the apparent nuclear test.
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