Senior US Official to Travel to China for Rare Visit: Govt


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A senior US diplomat will embark on a rare trip to Beijing Sunday, the government said, as Washington seeks to allay tensions between the rival powers. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Kritenbrink will travel to China and New Zealand from June 4–10, the US State Department said in a statement Saturday. In Beijing, Kritenbrink will be joined by National Security Council Senior Director for China and Taiwan Affairs Sarah Beran to “discuss key issues in the bilateral relationship," according to the statement. In recent weeks Washington has made efforts to improve relations with China,...