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China, US end fifth strategic dialogue

By Xinhua

Guiyang (China) : China and the US have concluded their fifth strategic dialogue here after discussing bilateral and international issues, the Chinese foreign ministry said.

The two-day dialogue that ended Friday was co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

The two sides discussed development of China-US relations and cooperation in international and regional issues.

Negroponte said that the US understands the sensitive nature of Taiwan issue and China’s concern. He also expressed support for the “one China” policy and said that the US opposed Taiwan’s UN membership referendum.

The sixth strategic dialogue would be held this year in the US. The dialogue was launched in August 2005.