REPEAT: US, China set the stage for Obama-Xi summit

BEIJING (AP) - US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon is in discussions with Chinese officials to set up a summit between their presidents that will confront divisive security issues while trying to overcome a growing distrust between the governments.

Mr Donilon and senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said on Monday that next month's summit is a chance for the US's Barack Obama and China's Xi Jinping to work through problems.

Though they did not identify those challenges in their public remarks, ties are strained across the board, from longstanding differences over Iran's and North Korea's nuclear programs to new disputes over cyber-attacks and China's territorial claims against US allies Japan and the Philippines.

Mr Donilon, on a two-day visit, will also meet with Mr Xi as well as senior military and foreign policy figures.