U.S. Vice President Biden to arrive in Seoul Thursday after tense China talksUpdated: 2013-12-05 PM 2:37:35 (KST)
Vice President Biden told Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States is concerned over China's newly declared air zone.
U.S. officials say Biden told Xi that the United States does not recognize the zone, which involves islands that have been at the center of dispute between China and Japan.
President Xi argued that the islands, known as Diaoyu in China and Senkaku in Japan have long been Chinese territory.
The two also discussed North Korean issues,.. especially the apparent purging of Pyongyang's second in command, Jang Seong-thaek, and how that will affect security on the Korean peninsula.
Emerging from a closed-door meeting, the two leaders didn't offer details about their talks, only emphasizing the importance of cooperation amid the tumultuous political climate.
" you are candid and you are constructive in developing this new relationship. Both qualities are sorely needed."
“We stand ready to work together with the U.S. side to appropriately handle sensitive issues and differences between us so that together we can make sure our bilateral relationship will continue to move forward in a sustained, healthy,and stable way,
A similar set of regional issues are to top the agenda during Biden's meeting with President Park Geun-hye when he arrives in Seoul late Thursday afternoon.
Biden has expressed hopes that Korea and Japan resolve disputes over wartime history and territorial issues.
In a written interview with the Korean daily, Chosun Ilbo, however, Biden made clear that Washington won't act as a "mediator" over the issue.
Yoo Li-an, Arirang News.
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