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US, China set to discuss security issues

The United States and China will hold talks on a variety of security and non-proliferation issues in Beijing next week.

world Updated: May 31, 2008 10:28 IST

The United States and China will hold talks on a variety of security and non-proliferation issues in Beijing next week, the State Department has said.

The US-China Security Dialogue on Wednesday will "focus on expanding mutual understanding and cooperation on a variety of security and nonproliferation issues," a department statement said yesterday.

It will be attended by diplomats and military representatives, with the United States to be led by acting under secretary for arms control and international security John Rood and the Chinese side by Assistant Foreign Minister He Yafei.

No other details of the meeting were immediately available.

The United States and China are leading efforts to prod North Korea to end its nuclear arms drive in six-party talks that also include Russia, Japan and South Korea.