US Vice President Joe Biden met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Thursday at the end of his two day trip to China.
Biden described the relationship between the two countries as “complex” and said the visit was a chance to “sustain engagement at high levels.”
The two discussed China’s newly declared airspace zone which includes islands in the East China Sea disputed by Japan. The US has refused to recognise the zone.
At a meeting with the American business community in Beijing, Biden talked about “a new type of relationship with China that is closer to the demands of the 21st century”.
Biden touched on the issue of human rights, saying: “We’ve had many disagreements, and some profound disagreements on some of those issues right now, the treatment of US journalists, but I believe China will be stronger and more stable and more innovative if it respects universal human rights.”
He also emphasised the need for regional stability. “ Wholesome competition and strong competition is fundamentally different than conflict. In fact, we see considerable common interest on the security side. A secure and peaceful Asia Pacific enables economic growth for the entire region,” Biden said.
The US Vice President will fly to Seoul in South Korea on Thursday evening for the final part of his Asia tour.