WORLD NEWS TOMORROW – Talks between U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chinese leaders Wednesday failed to narrow gaps on how to end the crisis in Syria and how to resolve Beijing’s territorial disputes with its smaller neighbors in the South China Sea.
Clinton, who met President Hu Jintao, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and other top officials but not leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping, wants China to stop backing the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has been pushing for it to be more flexible in lowering tensions over the potentially oil-rich South China Sea.
But comments from Clinton and Yang showed the countries remain deeply divided on those issues, although both maintained they are committed to working together despite the differences.
The United States and other countries are upset that China and Russia have repeatedly used their veto powers in the U.N. Security Council to block actions that could have led to sanctions against Assad’s regime. China says Syria’s civil war needs to be resolved through negotiations and not outside pressure.