China: Syria Veto Won't Hurt Cooperation With US

Published February 9, 2012 5:27AM (EST)

BEIJING (AP) — China says Washington's outrage over Beijing's veto of a U.N. resolution aiming to end Syria's bloodshed won't affect cooperation on other international issues.

Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai told reporters on Thursday that the two countries will continue to work together on issues such as Iran and North Korea's nuclear programs.

He said it was natural for the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to disagree on certain issues.

Last week's double veto of the resolution by China and Russia deeply angered the U.S., Europe and the Arab League. It is expected to be discussed during a key visit next week to the U.S. by Vice President Xi Jinping, who is widely expected to become China's next leader.

By Salon Staff

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