| GEO World|
| China, US open talks|
| Updated at: 0930 PST, Monday, May 24, 2010|
BEIJING: The United States and China on Monday opened annual high-level strategic talks, with the US trying to persuade Beijing to back tough action against North Korea over the sinking of a Seoul warship.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are leading a huge delegation to the Strategic and Economic Dialogue two days of discussions that come at a sensitive time in Sino-US relations.
"Our economies have become inseparable," Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan, who is leading Beijing's delegation along with State Councillor Dai Bingguo, said at the opening ceremony in the Great Hall of the People.
In her opening speech, Clinton said: "We will not agree on every issue but we will discuss them openly," citing human rights concerns. "Our future, both our challenges and our opportunities, will be shared. Ultimately, this is what this dialogue is about."