Top security adviser Thomas Donilon will visit China and Japan, the White House announced Friday. China along with Russia again vetoed a Western-backed U.N. resolution Thursday that would have allowed the use of force in Syria.
During the China trip, from July 23 to July 25, Donilon "will discuss the current and future state of US-China relations and cooperation on regional and global challenges of mutual concern, including nonproliferation, regional security in Asia and the Middle East, and global economic growth," the White House said in a statement. Security in the Middle East and Asia will be a prime topic in discussion with senior Chinese officials including State Councilor Dai Bingguo.
The White House also said that during his subsequent visit to Tokyo, Donilon will hold consultations with senior Japanese officials on US-Japan security cooperation and other bilateral issues, as well as a range of regional and global challenges.