U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton says the debate with China over human rights should not get in the way
of progress in other areas.
Speaking with reporters Friday before
arriving in Beijing, Clinton said the two countries should not let their
differences get in the way of engagement on climate change, the global financial
crisis and security threats.
Clinton arrived in Beijing Friday evening
local time, the final stop of a four-nation tour of Asia.
she has a busy day of diplomacy including meetings with Chinese President Hu
Jintao, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and a dinner with her Chinese counterpart
On Sunday, she will attend church services and meet with
women and civil society leaders then head back to Washington.
trip has already taken her to Japan, Indonesia, and South Korea.
her stop in Seoul, Clinton focused on growing tensions between North and South
Korea and efforts to end Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.
at news conference Friday with her South Korean counterpart Foreign Minister Yu
Myung-Hwan, the two also urged the North to return to border talks and resume
its dialogue with Seoul.
Late last month, North Korea announced it was
canceling all political and military agreements with South Korea.
Tensions have been increasing on the Korean peninsula. U.S. and South
Korea have warned that North Korea is planning to test launch a long-range
ballistic missile possibly capable of reaching the United States.
Some information for this report was
provided by AFP.