U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice (L) talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, August 28, 2015. REUTERS/JASON LEE
Reuters: Exclusive: Top Obama aide to take call for South China Sea calm to Beijing
U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice will urge Beijing next week to avoid escalation in the South China Sea when she makes the highest-level U.S. visit to China since an international court rejected its sweeping claims to the strategic waterway.
Even as Washington has sought to keep a lid on the situation, Rice - in an interview with Reuters – vowed that the U.S. military would continue to “sail and fly and operate” in the South China Sea, despite a Chinese warning that such patrols could end “in disaster.”
With less than six months remaining of President Barack Obama's tenure, Rice’s broader mission in her July 24-27 trip is aimed at keeping overall ties between the world’s two largest economies, which she called “the most consequential relationship we have,” on track at a time of heightened tensions. "I'll be there to advance our cooperation," she said.
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WNU editor: Her visit is not going to calm the tensions that are now rising over the South China Sea. They will receive her with respect, but behind closed doors they are just going to repeat what they have been saying publicly .... and leave it at that.