Top Obama aide in Beijing to highlight vital China ties

US National Security Advisor Susan Rice speaks in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on March 21, 2014 in Washington, DCPresident Barack Obama’s top White House national security aide lands in Beijing on Sunday, signaling that ties with China remain a priority despite turmoil and tensions tearing at US foreign policy. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is expected to meet President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials in talks which come two weeks after Washington accused a Chinese fighter jet of buzzing one of its spy planes. The talks will likely focus on key areas of contention between Washington and Beijing — including China’s maritime territorial disputes with US allies in the region and a long-running cyber-hacking row between the two powers.

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