US, Chinese officials open talks in Beijing amid background of increasing tension between China and its neighbors in the South China Sea.
US top diplomat, defense chief to meet in Beijing this week with their Chinese counterparts on trade and security issues.
Standoff over Chinese oil rig in South China Sea challenges Obama administration's shift of military and diplomatic assets.
Considering the separatist tensions in some of its provinces, China wants nothing that might encourage the idea of referendums on secession.
Secretary of State reassured Asian leaders of U.S. commitment to region, says government shutdown is mere footnote.
US making an effort to work more closely with Indonesia to help mediate rival maritime claims.
China's new leaders may want to resolve disputes through regional alliance, not through separate negotiations.
US president's aims to reinforce Washington's 'Asia pivot' which has raised concerns in Beijing about greater US influence in region.
US Secretary Clinton discussed disputes with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Foreign Minister Yang Jeichi Wednesday.
US secretary of state says encouraging ASEAN unity is not just about China but also about resolving rival maritime claims within the group itself.
US Secretary of State Clinton says Southeast Asian nations should draft unified code of conduct with China to resolve competing sea claims.
US secretary of state met with Cambodian prime minister in Phnom Penh, Friday
China says ASEAN is not the place to resolve these dispute because it is not about the regional forum.
First time a US secretary of state has visited communist country in 57 years.