US-China meet: Biden treads carefully on issues

US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden
US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden

US VICE-PRESIDENT Joe Biden  was careful to strike a balance yesterday at the opening of a high-level meeting with China, being careful to tell his Chinese guests that he was not "lecturing" them while airing Washington's grievances on issues such as cyber security and the South China Sea.

At the seventh US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue yesterday, Mr Biden made it clear that Washington was not looking to contain China's rise, describing the US as embracing "the role of responsible competitor" while emphasising the need for "common rules, both old and new" for a US-China partnership.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 24, 2015, with the headline 'US-China meet: Biden treads carefully on issues'. Print Edition | Subscribe