WASHINGTON (AP) - Amid tensions between China and the U.S. over
a confrontation at sea, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is paying a visit to the White House.
Spokesman Robert Gibbs said he expects the dispute will be
discussed when Yang meets later Thursday with President Barack
Obama, but will not dominate the conversation. Yang also is
expected to meet with Obama's national security adviser, James
Jones, a former U.S. Marine Corps general.
Yang met Wednesday with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham
Clinton. She said the U.S. and China agreed on the need to reduce
tensions and avoid a repeat of the weekend confrontation between
American and Chinese vessels in the South China Sea.