US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will drum up support for tighter UN sanctions on North Korea for its recent nuclear test and probe the possibility of resuming the six-party talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme during her visit to China, which began on Friday.
Rice is scheduled to meet Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, State Councillor Tang Jiaxuan and hold talks with Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.
The two sides will exchange views on major international and regional issues of shared concern, including the China-US relations and situation on the Korean peninsula.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said the Chinese side hopes to have an in-depth discussion with Rice on how to ease the current situation on the Korean peninsula and promote the realisation of a nuclear-free peninsula through dialogues and negotiations.
Tang went to North Korea as the special envoy of President Hu on Wednesday and met with North Korean leader, Kim Jong-II in Pyongyang on Thursday.
Tang delivered an "oral message" from Hu, Liu said without disclosing the content.
During her talks with the Chinese leadership, Rice is expected to push for strong enforcement of the UN sanctions from China, North Korea's biggest trading partner, particularly the inspection of North Korean cargo to intercept weapons and weapons parts.
Liu has said that China will sincerely implement the UNSC resolution on North Korea.
But he made it clear that China would not do anything that is not mandated by the UNSC resolution.