Nov. 20 - U.S., China hold bilateral talks in Bali to discuss economics, South China Sea issue. Julie Noce reports.
Leaders from the U.S., Russia, Australia, India, New Zealand, China, Japan, and South Korea, along with ASEAN leaders meet during the East Asia Summit in Bali on Saturday. The meeting took place on the back end of the ASEAN summit held during prior days. There were a number of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the summit-- including discussions between the U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao. The two talked primarily about economics, but also touched on the thorny South China Sea issue which involves ownership claims by several Asian countries over a grouping of islands thought to have rich oil and gas deposits. U.S. National Security Advisory Tom Donilon. (SOUNDBITE)(English) TOM DONILON, U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SAYING: "The United States interest here is in the freedom of flow in commerce. We have a big interest in it here. We have an interest in these principles around the world. So we don't have an interest, we don't have a claim. We don't have as I said earlier, we don't take sides in any of these claims. But we do believe that there should be developed a collaborative diplomatic process for the resolution of these claims. We do believe that they should be resolved peacefully." The U.S. and China have over the past days used sometimes prickly language to keep the other at bay on the issue... China insisting the U.S. not get involved, the U.S. calling for a diplomatic resolution. Earlier in the week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who also attended the summit, urged nations not to resort to intimidation to back their claims on the islands. Saturday she held meetings with the Indonesian foreign minister on economic issues. Julie Noce, Reuters