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U.S. Deputy Secretary of State to begin Asia tour

2012-10-14 08:33:03 GMT2012-10-14 16:33:03(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, William Burns is beginning a tour of Asia on Saturday.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says Burns is due to meet Japan’s Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba and Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto during the two day meeting, which begins Sunday.

The two sides are scheduled to discuss U.S. and Japan coordination on regional issues in East Asia, as well as global issues. Afterwards, Burns will visit South Korea, China, Myanmar and India for discussions on bilateral relations and regional affairs. Nuland says territorial disputes and the situation on the Korean Peninsula will top the agenda.

She said, "I am sure that in both China and Japan, territorial issues will come up. The Secretary she has talked to both Chinese side and Japanese side in her trip to Asia...both Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and. I am sure that the conversation will continue on Deputy Secretary Burns’ trip."



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