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Kerry calls for greater U.S.-China cooperation

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Describing the U.S.-China relationship as "the most consequential" in the world, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called for greater cooperation between the two powers on tackling major challenges facing today's world.

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Ahead of his visit to Beijing to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings and accompany President Barack Obama on his November 10-12 visit to China, Mr. Kerry made a speech on the U.S.-China ties at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University.

"The U.S.-China relationship is the most consequential in the world today, period, and it will do much to determine the shape of the 21st century," Kerry said. "That means we have to get it right. "

The top U.S. diplomat stressed that the Obama administration has been and will be committed to advancing what he called "a principled and productive relationship with China."

Mr. Kerry said vast potential exists for strengthening the U.S.-China cooperation on major issues. "As two of the world's major powers and largest economies, we have a profound opportunity to set a constructive course on any number of issues, from climate change to global trade, and obviously, we have a fundamental interest in doing so," Mr. Kerry said.

"For that reason, our relationship has to be carefully managed and guided not by news hooks and grand gestures, but by a long- term strategic vision, by hard work, by good diplomacy, and by good relationships," Mr. Kerry added.

Mr. Kerry said the U.S.-China ties were no longer just centered on a relatively narrow set of bilateral and regional matters, but are now focused on collaborating to tackle some of the most complex global challenges that the world has ever seen.

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