US-CHINA: ‘ Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable ‘

#AceNewsReport – US-China:May.17: The increased tensions between US and China over territorial rights to the South China Sea, has raised the spectre of confrontation between them.

Despite tension, Xi says U.S.-China relations are stable

China’s ties with the United States remain stable, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Sunday, as he sought to defuse tension over a territorial dispute in the South China Sea that has raised fears of confrontation between them.

I look forward to continuing to develop this relationship with President Obama and to bring China-U.S. relations to a new height along a track of a new model of major country relationship,” Xi told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the end of Kerry’s two-day trip to China.

Kerry’s trip has been dominated by deepening security concerns about Beijing’s maritime ambitions in the South China Sea. China’s rapid reclamation effort around seven reefs in the Spratly archipelago of the South China Sea has alarmed claimants such as the Philippines and Vietnam.