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US tries to downplay its latest spat with China

Citing strategic reasons and strong economic ties, the Obama Administration tried to down play the latest round of skirmish it is having with China; but at the same time expressed regret over the Beijing's indication to slap sanctions on American companies.

world Updated: Feb 03, 2010 07:46 IST

Citing strategic reasons and strong economic ties, the Obama Administration tried to down play the latest round of skirmish it is having with China; but at the same time expressed regret over the Beijing's indication to slap sanctions on American companies.

"We expect that our relationship with China is mature enough where we can work on issues of mutual concern, such as climate, the global economy and nonproliferation and discuss frankly and candidly those issues where we disagree," the White House Deputy Press Secretary , Bill Burton, said.

"The President is committed to building a positive, comprehensive, and cooperative relationship with China," Burton said when asked about anti-US rhetoric emerging out of Beijing in the last few weeks on various issues including US arms sale to Taiwan, Google's threat to withdraw from China and Obama's meeting with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama when he visits US later this month.

The Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, P J Crowley, said US has a wide-ranging relationship with China and despite the fact that they have agreements and disagreements, the Obama Administration will continue to work through our issues together with China as they have in the past.

US regrets China's indication of imposing sanctions on certain US businesses and will continue dialogue with Chinese counterparts on this situation. This is also a reflection of two global powers with shared and differing views on certain issues, Crowley argued.