Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi delivers a speech at the Reception for the 45th Anniversary of the Restoration of the Lawful Seat of the People's Republic of China in the United Nations, at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Kenzaburo Fukuhara/Pool
Reuters: China's top diplomat to visit U.S. on Monday and Tuesday: Xinhua
China's top diplomat will visit the United States this week, the most senior Chinese official to do so since President Donald Trump took office on January 20, state news agency Xinhua said.
State Councilor Yang Jiechi would visit the United States on Monday and Tuesday, Xinhua said in a report published late on Sunday that quoted foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang.
Yang outranks China's foreign minister.
The visit follows a phone call between Yang and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last week, during which the two affirmed the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship.
It was the latest step by the world's two largest economies to try to put relations back on an even keel after a rocky start following Trump's November election victory.
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Update #1: Chinese state councilor to visit U.S. (Xinhuanet)
Update #2: China’s top diplomat on two-day mission to US (South China Morning Post)
WNU Editor: What will be discussed .... I expect both State Councilor Yang Jiechi and US Secretary of State Tillerson will continue the discussion that Presidents Xi and Trump had when they talked to each other last week. On the top of the list .... the usual topics .... economy and trade, North Korea. South China Sea, Taiwan, etc..