US National Security Advisor in Beijing Ahead of APEC Meeting
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice is in Beijing where she met Monday with China's top diplomat, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, at the start of a three-day trip to clear the way for a visit by President Barack Obama in November.
Rice said that among all the issues facing the United States, Mr. Obama considers China to be a priority and that the primary reason for her visit is to hammer out the agenda for a meeting between Mr. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping during the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Rice is scheduled to meet Tuesday with China's defense and foreign ministers before returning home Wednesday.
China will host the APEC summit on November 10 and 11 in Beijing. The government leaders of 21 member countries will attend. Beijing has also invited the leaders of India and Mongolia.
Iranian Supreme Leader has Prostate Surgery
Iranian state media say Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has undergone prostate surgery at a Tehran hospital.
The official IRNA news agency said the procedure Monday morning "ended successfully."
The 75-year-old ayatollah has led Iran since 1989.
He gave reassurances before the surgery, saying "there is no reason to worry."