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US, China Disagree Sharply Over Handling of Snowden Case

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Senior U.S. and Chinese officials sharply disagreed on Thursday over China's handling of fugitive Edward Snowden, the former spy agency contractor accused of divulging U.S. surveillance program secrets who was allowed to leave Hong Kong last month.

In remarks after high-level political and economic talks, the United States said it was disappointed that Chinese authorities did not send Snowden, on the run in Hong Kong, back to face U.S. justice.

(Read More: Snowden to Damage US-China Ties: Former CIA Chief)

"We were disappointed with how the authorities in Beijing and Hong Kong handled the Snowden case, which undermined our effort to build the trust needed to manage difficult issues," U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns said.

China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi said Hong Kong's actions were in accordance with the law. "Its approach is beyond reproach," he said about the decision to not detain Snowden.

The disagreement soured the two-day U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue meetings in Washington.

(Read More: US-China Talks Cover Cyber Issues, Currency, Chinese Reform)

Snowden left Hong Kong for Moscow, where he is believed to be stuck in the transit area of the city's international airport, amid speculation he might board a flight to travel to Latin America where he has been offered asylum.

(Read More: US Warns Countries Against Snowden Travel)

The U.S. government has charged Snowden with disclosing details about secret U.S. surveillance programs the Obama administration considers vital for national security.

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