Obama's China visit will be 'important milestone': Rice

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meet at the US ambassador's residence in The Hague on March 24, 2014 ahead of the Nuclear Security SummitPresident Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to China represents an “important milestone” in US-China relations, the top White House national security aide said Monday at a meeting with officials in Beijing. National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s trip comes at a turbulent time in US foreign policy and just two weeks after Washington accused a Chinese fighter jet of buzzing one of its surveillance planes. It also comes ahead of a one-on-one summit between Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping that is being planned to coincide with the US leader’s visit to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Beijing in November. Obama “views this visit as an important milestone in the development of our important relationship,” Rice said at the opening of her meeting with Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Chinese ambassador to the US Cui Tiankai.

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