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Continued: US, China vow to improve cooperation despite disputes over maritime claims, hacking, currency

  • Article by: BRADLEY KLAPPER , Associated Press
  • Last update: July 9, 2014 - 3:50 AM

Human rights didn't appear to be a focus of the first day's talks.

In a snub to Washington, a well-known Tibetan writer and recipient of a State Department award for courage, Tsering Woeser, was placed under house arrest along with her husband late Tuesday. Tsering Woeser said she was invited to a U.S. Embassy dinner Wednesday, but now couldn't attend.

No U.S. official on Wednesday explicitly mentioned the cyberhacking dispute between Washington and Beijing that has simmered since the U.S. indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of stealing trade secrets from American companies' computers.

China demands the charges be withdrawn; it has no plans to extradite the men. And it has refused to allow a U.S.-Chinese working group on cybersecurity to hold any further meetings until the issue is resolved.

"We both depend on an open global trading system in which workers and companies can compete on a level playing field," Lew said. He stressed the need to protect intellectual property and see China move toward a market exchange rate for its currency.

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