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US denies 'Cold War' with China as summit buildup quickens

But renewed security talks underscore divide on South China Sea and Taiwan

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listens to Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi speak at a joint news conference in Washington on Nov. 9.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON/BEIJING -- The U.S. and China held their first top-level diplomatic and security dialogue in 17 months on Friday as the two sides hurried to lay the groundwork for a summit later this month between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S. "is not pursuing a Cold War or containment policy with China," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after meeting with Chinese Politburo member Yang Jiechi in Washington along with defense officials from both sides. "Rather, we want to ensure that China acts responsibly and fairly in support of the security and prosperity of each of our two countries."

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