China's foreign ministry said Yang Jiechi met USA national security adviser John Bolton on Wednesday and that the two sides should "properly manage differences and carefully prepare to ensure positive results in the Argentina meeting".
Jeffrey Ordaniel, a research fellow at the Pacific Forum, said on Twitter that although the demand by the US was a first, it was "very unlikely" that China would heed that call. In late September, U.S. and Chinese vessels almost collided near a disputed reef.
Wang said China stood ready to work with the United States to remove disruptions, build trust and prepare fully for the meeting. The talks were due to be held in Beijing last month but were postponed after Washington announced new arms sales to Taiwan, and US and Chinese vessels came close to colliding in the South China Sea.
Mike Pompeo made the comments during high-level talks with Chinese officials in Washington DC.
"The United States is not pursuing a policy of Cold War containment with China", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters following the U.S.
The talks were due to be held in Beijing last month but were postponed after Washington announced new arms sales to Taiwan, and after a Chinese destroyer came close to the USS Decatur in late September in what the U.S. Navy called an "unsafe and unprofessional maneuver".
Pompeo took aim at China over its continued building of military installations on artificial islands and reefs in the South China Sea, where China insists it has sovereignty despite competing claims from some smaller neighbors. But overall, the tone of the US officials' public comments was milder than that of the Chinese. The two have sparred, too, over the disputed South China Sea and self-ruled Taiwan, which China claims.
The U.S. defense chief also said the two sides had "discussed the importance for all military, law enforcement, and civilian vessels and aircraft, including those in the PLA Navy, the Chinese Coast Guard, and the PRC Maritime Militia, to operate in a safe and professional manner, in accordance with global law, as we seek peaceful resolution of all disputes in the South China Sea".
Kissinger said he is pleased to meet Xi in China again at a critical moment when Sino-U.S. relations have entered a new stage.
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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the talks were "candid" but that the two militaries looked to improve communication and avoid "miscalculation" at sea.
Still Pompeo also was clear in addressing US concerns, including Beijing's increasingly assertive posture in the South China Sea. "We pressed China to live up to its past commitments in this area".
Both presidents have voiced optimism they can break the trade impasse between the world's two biggest economies.
China and the United States have slapped tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other's goods, jolting global financial markets, and Trump has threatened to set tariffs on the remainder of China's $500 billion-plus exports to the United States if the trade dispute can not be resolved. Retaliatory measures quickly followed.
He also singled out Trump's decision to pursue a trade war with Beijing, saying that "a trade war, instead of leading to any solution, will only end up hurting both sides and the global economy".
"The door to negotiation remains open".
The two countries must agree to keep conflicts between them under control or else risk "destroying hopes for the new world order", the former secretary of state warned.
Although the rescheduling of the dialogue signaled an effort by the two sides to contain the slide in the relationship, it did not address the core dispute on trade.