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Clinton to visit China Sept. 4.

| TOKYO, Aug 28 (KUNA) -- US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit China on September 4 and 5, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Clinton will make the visit at the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said in Beijing, adding that the two sides will exchange views on the China-US relations and other issues of common concern. Some Chinese leaders will meet with Clinton during her stay in Beijing, Hong said.

Her visit comes amid the territorial disputes between China and Japan over the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands, as well as China's maritime disputes in the South China Sea with Southeast Asian nations.

During meetings with senior US military and government officials in Washington last week, Cai Yingting, deputy chief of the General Staff of the Chinese People's Liberation Army, said China is firmly opposed to the US stance that the Diaoyu (Senkaku) Islands fall within the scope of the 1960 US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, under which Washington will provide assistance to Tokyo when the territories under Japan's administration come under armed attack, Xinhua has reported earlier.

The Japan-administered islands, known as Diaoyu in China, Senkaku in Japan and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan, are claimed by Japan, China and Taiwan.

The small chain of uninhabited rocky islands lie in rich fishing grounds and waters thought to contain large deposits of oil and natural gas.

Cai also expressed strong concerns over the US arms sales to Taiwan, the territorial disputes between China and Vietnam and the Philippines over South China Sea, the report said. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is going to visit China in September, Cai disclosed. (end) mk.hb KUNA 281724 Aug 12NNNN

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