U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday (February 14) in Beijing.
Kerry is expected to press China to calm maritime disputes with its neighbours and push North Korea to curb its nuclear ambitions when he holds talks with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
The United States has been increasingly uneasy at what it sees as China's effort to gain creeping control over waters in the Asia-Pacific region, including its Nov. 23 declaration of an air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in an area of the East China Sea that includes islands at the center of a dispute with Japan
Kerry arrived in Beijing on Friday morning and met Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People after his visit in Seoul, South Korea.
Later, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Kerry shook hands at the Chinese Foreign Ministry before sitting down for talks.
Chinese officials have described Kerry's trip as an "important" visit in which China would explore ways to strengthen ties and seek to deepen the "new model relationship" proposed when the U.S. and Chinese presidents met in California last year.
From Beijing Kerry flies to Jakarta, where he will give a speech on climate change in a country that is among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change because it is an archipelago made up of more than 17,000 islands.
Kerry meets Chinese foreign minister (0:38)
Feb. 14 - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Beijing. Rough Cut (no reporter narration). ( Transcript )