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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Chinese President (shee )Xi Jinping Saturday at the start of his two-day trip to the country.
Kerry has made no secret of his desire to see China take a more active stance towards North Korea -- which has recently threatened nuclear war against the United States and South Korea.
He later met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
As they two sat down -- the premier spoke of common ties.
(SOUNDBITE)(Mandarin) CHINESE PREMIER LI KEQIANG SAYING:
"China and U.S. indeed have huge common interest. Decades of practice after establishment of Sino-U.S. diplomatic relations has proven that our common interest is far more than dispute. In addition, as big countries, China and U.S. have a responsibility to maintain the peace and stability of region and the world."
Kerry said new leadership in China offers opportunities.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY SAYING:
"We very very much look f