U.S., China Ready Deals to Avert Military Confrontations

11/11/14
 
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from The Wall Street Journal,
11/11/14:

Agreements Would Cover Alerts for Exercises, Set Rules of Behavior for Military Encounters.

China and the U.S. prepared to unveil a raft of agreements designed to avert military confrontations and tackle climate change, in a surprise display of cooperation between two nations whose relationship has been strained on multiple fronts.

One of the military agreements covers a mechanism for notifying each other of major activities, such as military exercises. The other sets rules of behavior for encounters at sea, according to people familiar with the negotiations.

A day earlier, ahead of his two-day summit with President Xi Jinping , President Barack Obama said both governments had resolved lingering differences on a deal to drop tariffs on semiconductors and other information-technology products, which backers say could cover $1 trillion in trade.

Negotiators worked to conclude the pact along the sidelines of a gathering of Asian-Pacific leaders in Beijing hosted by Mr. Xi, which also served as a prelude to the summit.

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