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Chinese VP says consensus reached in US meetings

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said a consensus was reached on many points in bilateral talks with President Barack Obama's national security adviser, who concluded a visit to Beijing on Wednesday.

Thomas Donilon underscored the shared responsibility the United States and China have to address challenges such as Syria, Iran, North Korea, Asian security and rebalancing the global economy, a statement from his office said.

Xi, who will succeed President Hu Jintao later this year, said Donilon's visit shows the importance the U.S. government attaches to relations with China.

Further details of the meetings were not released. Donilon spoke with Xi and met with a Chinese general Wednesday after meeting with Hu the previous day.

China and Russia last week vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution backed by the U.S. and other Western nations that would have imposed new sanctions on Syria's government as the rebellion there has grown into a civil war.

Washington has also been pressing the Chinese military for more transparency about its plans, while Beijing is wary of the U.S. military shift to the Asia-Pacific region. Donilon met with Gen. Xu Caihou, a vice chairman of the Chinese Central Military Commission.

The official People's Daily reported that Hu and Donilon pledged to promote U.S.-China relations. But the newspaper said Hu asked for a "cautious" approach in handling sensitive issues. It did not say what those issues were.

Donilon also met State Councilor Dai Bingguo, China's top diplomat, and Vice Premier Wang Qishan during his two-day visit. He is scheduled to visit Japan next.