US, China hold annual strategic dialogue

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A month after the presidents of the U.S. and China held an unconventional summit at a California resort, their top officials are convening in more staid surroundings in Washington. They will review security and economic issues that reflect growing ties but also deep-seated differences.

The annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue takes place in less fraught circumstances than last year's in Beijing, which was overshadowed by the escape of dissident lawyer Chen Guangcheng (chehn gwahng-chung) from house arrest to the U.S. Embassy.

But there's still plenty to argue about. Over two days beginning Wednesday, Cabinet-level officials will discuss cybertheft, North Korea's nuclear program and barriers to U.S. trade and investment in China.

Secretary of State John Kerry is due to attend after returning from his wife's hospital bedside in Boston.

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