US-China ties will help shape 21st century: Kerry

US Secretary of State John Kerry discusses current relations between Washington and Beijing at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC, on November 4, 2014Top American diplomat John Kerry said Tuesday the relationship between the United States and China was the “most consequential” in the world today, warning it needed to be “carefully managed.” Ties between the two powerful economies will “do much to determine the shape of the 21st century,” Kerry said, before leaving on what will be his fourth trip to China since becoming secretary of state 21 months ago. The two major powers “have a profound opportunity to set a constructive course on any number of issues, from climate change to global trade,” Kerry insisted. “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.”

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