HONOLULU - SECRETARY of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday recited a series of US grievances with Beijing's policies, ranging from currency rates to human rights, but said the US is seeking a closer relationship with China, not trying to check its growing power.

In a speech in Hawaii at the start of a two-week tour of the Asian Pacific region, Mrs Clinton said the US would remain 'forward deployed' in the area and not relinquish its role as a major power there. She called on China to expand its cooperation with the US, even as its power and influence expands.

'It is not in anyone's interest for the United States and China to see each other as adversaries,' she said. Mrs Clinton recited a list of issues where the US and China are currently at odds. They include efforts to blunt the nuclear threats posed by Iran and North Korea, improve strained military-to-military ties, combat climate change and resolve US concerns over China's trade and currency policies.

'We seek a deeper dialogue in an effort to build trust and establish rules of the road as our militaries operate in greater proximity,' Mrs Clinton said. She called on China to make 'responsible' changes in its currency policies, to address a yawning trade imbalance between the two countries.

Mrs Clinton did not address reports that China had lifted a moratorium on exports of rare earths minerals critical to the high-tech industry. On Wednesday she had called on China to clarify its policy on the issue, which has raised global concerns.

Mrs Clinton also said Thursday that China should work with its neighbours to ease tensions over territorial disputes in the East and South China Seas. Beijing has alarmed some of its neighbours with what many see as a more assertive stance.

Clinton cites China differences