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China's top diplomat says China, U.S. must boost strategic communication: Xinhua

FILE PHOTO: A Chinese woman adjusts a Chinese national flag next to U.S. national flags before a Strategic Dialogue expanded meeting, part of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Ng Han Guan/Pool

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, said that Beijing and Washington must increase strategic communication and work together based on the consensus reached by the two countries’ heads of state, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The report, dated Tuesday, said Yang made the comments during a meeting with representatives of a U.S. organization. Yang also reiterated China’s stance on Hong Kong, the report said.

Reporting by Huizhong Wu and Se Young Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman