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Jackson Browne announces new August concert to benefit Detroit theater and community arts programs

Credit: Nels IsraelsonAfter lining up an August 13 benefit show in Chicago for the Veterans for Peace organization, Jackson Browne has scheduled a new charity gig three days earlier in Detroit.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s August 10 concert at the historic Redford Theatre will raise money to support the venue, as well as a community redevelopment initiative to create a district in the city focused on the arts and entertainment.

Tickets for the show will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 23, at 10 a.m. ET via Ticketmaster.com and at the theater’s box office.

Net proceeds from the event will go toward the venue, the Old Redford Re-Development Group and Echopark Guitars, which are all part of the redevelopment project. Browne’s involvement stems from his friendship with custom-guitar maker Gabriel Currie, owner of Echopark Guitars, who is moving his factory from Los Angeles to Detroit.

“Gabriel…told me about the renovation of the Redford Theatre. At the heart of this project is a strong belief in community, and the power of art to motivate and inspire,” explains Jackson. “Let us have live music, and theater, and dance! And let us engage youth on the highest possible level.”

Check out Browne’s full tour itinerary at JacksonBrowne.com.

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U2 to play intimate show at fundraiser where bass player Adam Clayton is being honored

Paul Morigi/Getty ImagesU2 will be performing at this year’s 13th annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert, at which the band’s bass player, Adam Clayton, is being honored.

While we already knew Clayton would be receiving the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the event, in recognition of his support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, as well as his general dedication to helping people with addiction issues. Now it’s been announced that the whole band will show up to play a set at the fundraiser.

The show takes place at the 2,100-seat PlayStation Theater in New York on June 26.

It is a fundraiser, so tickets are pricey, with “VIP Living Room Sets” that seat 10 going for $15,000 and VIP floor seats selling for $1,500.  But there is upper balcony seating available at a more affordable $500, and balcony seating is available through AXS.com for $75 per person.

But it’s all for a good cause. All proceeds raised by the event will go toward the MusiCares MAP Fund, which provides members of the music community with addiction recovery resources.

As previously reported, The Lumineers, who are opening for U2 on the band’s Joshua Tree tour, also will perform.  Additional performers include soul singer Macy Gray, among others.

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Chuck Berry’s son says his dad gave approval to everything on his just-released final album, “Chuck”

DualtoneChuck Berry, who died in March at age 90, released his final studio album, Chuck, earlier this month. The rock ‘n’ roll pioneer’s son Charles Berry Jr., who contributed some guitar work to the new record, reveals that his dad “heard everything” on the album and gave the project his OK prior to his death.

“He had final approval on everything,” Berry Jr. tells ABC Radio, adding that even when his dad was ailing, he still was able to convey how he felt about a track through his reactions. “His toes [would be] tapping and he’s keeping time to it, smile on his face,” Berry Jr. recalls. “He didn’t have to say a word to know, ‘Oh yeah, he wants that on there.'”

The Chuck album features appearances from a select few guest musicians — roots-rock singer Nathaniel Rateliff, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello and acclaimed blues-rock guitarist Gary Clark Jr. Berry Jr. says it was his dad’s label, Dualtone, that pushed to have some guest artists on the record, something his father initially wasn’t interested in, although he eventually agreed under the condition that he had final say about what was included.

Morello and Rateliff both featured on the track “Big Boys.” Berry Jr. says that Tom took Chuck’s guitar part and “then interpreted what [he] did and put his own spin on it. And it [was] beautiful.” Charles notes that Nathaniel “did an excellent job” with the vocal part he added to the track.

Clark Jr., meanwhile, lent his guitar talents to the album’s lead track, “Wonderful Woman,” which also features guitar work from three generations of Berrys — Chuck, Charles Jr. and Chuck Berry III. “‘Wonderful Woman’ is just nonstop electric guitar heaven for anybody who likes to hear electric guitar,” gushes Charles.

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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Will Arnett says “The Gong Show” is “about having a good time”

ABC/Greg Gayne (NEW YORK) — If you ask Will Arnett why he decided to executive produce a reboot of the campy ’70s game show The Gong Show, and the Arrested Development star will smile. 

“Anytime you say the name The Gong Show, you smile,” he told Good Morning America After Hours host Lynda Lopez. “I had such good memories of the [original] show, and I thought, ‘When you have something like that…it has so much good will built in…It’s so much fun, and it’d be nice to do a show that’s just about having a good time.” 

Like the original, celebrity judges are key to the reboot, which debuts Thursday night. “Everybody from Jack Black, to Zach Galifianakis, to Will Forte and Fred Armisen, and Elizabeth Banks…the list just keeps going. All these fun, funny people, who are friends of mine, who had the same reaction that I did about The Gong Show, and said, ‘Yeah, I wanna come on.'”

The show is hosted by Tommy Maitland — a fictional British comedian who’s actually Mike Myers in disguise.  Even so, Arnett insists he’s been a Maitland fan for years. 

“I was looking forward to Tommy exposing himself to America,” Arnett deadpanned. 

The Gong Show debuts Thursday night at 10 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.

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Ron Howard tapped as new “Han Solo” film director

Getty Images/J.B. Lacroix(LOS ANGELES) — The Millennium Falcon has a new pilot: Ron Howard has stepped in to direct the upcoming untitled Han Solo film, Lucasfilm announced Thursday. The news comes two days after The LEGO Movie co-directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller parted ways with the project over creative differences.

In a statement, Lucasfilm noted, “we’re thrilled to announce that Ron Howard will step in to direct the untitled Han Solo film. We have a wonderful script, an incredible cast and crew, and the absolute commitment to make a great movie. Filming will resume the 10th of July.”

Oscar-winner Howard has been a part of George Lucas’ galaxy far, far away for years.  He starred in Lucas’ American Graffiti, in which Harrison Ford had a small part, and several of his co-stars auditioned for various Star Wars roles. Years later, he directed the fantasy epic Willow for Lucasfilm. 

Howard — who went on to win Best Picture and Best Director for A Beautiful Mind — recently admitted Lucas wanted him to direct Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace. Calling that offer “an honor” but ultimately “too daunting,” Howard became one of the close group of filmmaker friends whom Lucas used as a sounding board while he worked on the Star Wars prequels.

In 2012, Lucas sold Lucasfilm and the Star Wars universe to Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

The Han Solo movie, which stars Alden Ehrenreich as a younger version of the scoundrel famously played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars movies, is still slated for a May 25, 2018, release.

Although few details are known about the movie, we do know that Atlanta star Donald Glover will play the young Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson has been cast as unlikely mentor for the pilot and Rebellion hero-to-be. Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke is also in the cast.

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Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Dwayne Johnson make “Most Powerful People” list

OWN – 2017(LOS ANGELES) — Industry trade The Hollywood Reporter has released its list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood, and while many of the names on the list are people working behind the scenes of TV and movies, some familiar names also are present.

Of note, Oprah Winfrey, who was ranked at #22 on last year’s least, jumped all the way to the ninth slot this time, buoyed by her starring role in HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, her role as a contributor on CBS’ 60 Minutes and the recent growth of her OWN network.

Disney companies were well represented on the list as well. Pixar CCO John Lasseter ranked at #17, fueled by the blockbusters Zootopia and Finding Dory, whose star, Ellen DeGeneres, made it to 43. At 18 was Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.  The studio’s films, like Captain America: Civil WarsDoctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, have grossed more than $11 billion since the first Iron Man feature – starring Robert Downey, Jr., who comes in at #87.

Other famous names include Star Trek Beyond director and Westworld executive producer J.J. Abrams, at #31; Fate of the Furious’ Dwayne Johnson at #34; and his Furious co-star Vin Diesel tied for #96.

Also returning, but dropping significantly from last year, was Leonardo DiCaprio, falling from 10 to 39. Jennifer Lawrence came in at #41 and Melissa McCarthy — who’s everywhere these days — was at 62.

Coming in at #1 was Bob Iger, the CEO of the Walt Disney Company, the parent of ABC News, which also owns the Star Wars and Marvel Studios franchises, as well as animated movie studio Pixar.

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NATIONAL NEWS

Officer stabbed at Flint airport ‘never stopped fighting’ until suspect was in handcuffs

iStock/Thinkstock(FLINT, Mich.) — The airport police officer who was stabbed in the neck at Bishop International Airport in Flint, Michigan, on Wednesday morning, was able to stop the assault within a minute and “never stopped fighting” until the attacker was in handcuffs, officials said.

The suspect, Amor Ftouhi of Canada, is in custody and the police officer, Lt. Jeff Neville, was listed in stable condition Wednesday and is expected to fully recover.

Officials said Ftouhi was outside the TSA screening area at the time of the attack.

Ftouhi allegedly went into a public restroom, dropped his bags and “came out, pulled out a knife, yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ and stabbed Lt. Neville in the neck,” David Gelios of the FBI said.

Gelios said the attacker, armed with a roughly 12-inch knife that had an 8-inch serrated blade, “continued to exclaim ‘Allah’ and he made a statement to the effect of ‘you killed people in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan’ and ‘We’re all going to die.'”

Neville stopped the attack and Ftouhi was taken into custody and interviewed by authorities.

Officials said it appears the suspect “has a hatred for the United States and a variety of other things that motivated him to coming to the airport today to conduct this act of violence.”

No one else appears to have been involved and there is no information to suggest a wider plot, officials said. After the incident, a complaint was filed against the suspect for “violence at an international airport,” but officials noted that there could be more charges in the future. The ongoing investigation is part of a joint operation with Canada, officials said. Ftouhi legally entered the U.S. in Lake Champlain, New York, on June 16, and later traveled to Flint, Gelios said.

The airport, which was evacuated and shut down, later reopened. All passengers were safe, officials said.

An airport official said Wednesday afternoon that Neville is “doing fine” and “resting comfortably” at a hospital.

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American student who died after release from North Korea mourned at funeral

Xinhua/Lu Rui via Getty Images(CINCINNATI) — Otto Warmbier, an American college student who died just days after North Korea released him from prison while he was in a coma, was mourned at his funeral in his hometown of Cincinnati on Thursday.

The funeral service began at 9 a.m. ET at Wyoming High School in Wyoming, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati, where Warmbier was the salutatorian of his 2013 graduating class. The service was open to the public but closed to the press, according to a press release from the funeral home.

Hundreds of people were seen beforehand lined up outside the Pendery Center for the Arts, part of Wyoming High School, waiting to enter the auditorium for the service. Nearby trees were adorned with blue and white ribbons, the high school’s colors, in honor of Warmbier.

Warmbier’s belongings from his time in North Korea, including the jacket he wore during a trial in Pyongyang that ended with his imprisonment, were displayed at the service.

Bagpipes blared after the service as Warmbier’s casket was carried out of the building toward a waiting hearse, followed by a long line of mourners.

Warmbier will be buried at the Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum in Cincinnati following the service.

The 22-year-old University of Virginia student was detained by North Korea for nearly 17 months before he was medically evacuated and flown to Cincinnati on June 13. He was then rushed to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. North Korea claimed that Warmbier slipped into a coma after contracting botulism and taking a sleeping pill shortly after his sentencing.

He was arrested in January 2016 at the airport in Pyongyang for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster while he was visiting North Korea on a sightseeing tour organized by a Chinese-based company. After a one-hour trial in March 2016, he was convicted and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor.

At a news conference on June 15 his father, Fred Warmbier, revealed that President Trump called him a day earlier to ask about his son and the rest of his family. Warmbier said Trump, who was “very candid” during the telephone call, told him Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other U.S. officials worked hard to negotiate his son’s release.

Fred Warmbier told reporters at a news conference that the North Korean regime deemed his son a “war criminal” and “brutalized and terrorized” him during his detainment.

At that news conference, doctors from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center said Otto Warmbier suffered from injuries related to cardiopulmonary arrest and was in a state of unresponsive wakefulness. They said that scans showed extensive loss of tissue in all regions of his brain and that they found no evidence of botulism.

“This pattern of brain injury is usually seen as result of cardiopulmonary arrest, where blood supply to the brain is inadequate for a period of time, resulting in the death of brain tissue,” Dr. Daniel Kanter told reporters at the news conference.

He said Warmbier was breathing on his own at the time and his vital signs were normal but he could not speak or move voluntarily.

“He shows no signs of understanding language … He has not spoken. He has not engaged in any purposeful movements,” Kanter said. “He has profound weakness of contraction in his arms and legs.”

According to Dr. Jordan Bonomo, Warmbier had “no fractures to the bone and has minor blemishes on his skin. We see no evidence of an acute or healing fracture.”

Warmbier died six days after he was returned home.

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died,” his parents wrote in a statement Monday.

“Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible,” they said.

The Warmbiers added that they are “at peace” and “at home.”

The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office in Ohio examined Warmbier’s body after he died and announced that his family declined an autopsy, leaving his cause of death a medical mystery for now.

“The family’s objection to an autopsy was honored and only an external examination was performed,” the coroner’s office said in a statement Tuesday night.

In addition to the external exam, the coroner’s office reviewed his medical records from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center and AeroMed Management Group, the air ambulance service that helped evacuate him from Pyongyang, North Korea, where he had been detained. The coroner’s office also had “extensive conversations” with Warmbier’s treating physician at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, according to the statement.

“No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview,” the coroner’s office said in its statement. “Our deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of Mr. Warmbier at this time of their tragic loss.”

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Dog in distress rescued from hot car where temperature reached 120 degrees

Auburn Massachusetts Police Department(AUBURN, Mass.) — A dog in distress was rescued from a hot car in Auburn, Massachusetts on Wednesday.

The Auburn Police Department responded to a call about a dog in a vehicle at the Auburn Plaza shopping center.

Police and Animal Control Officer Aimee Contois arrived on the scene and successfully removed the heavily-panting dog from the car in which temperatures had reached 120 degrees, officials said.

“Thankfully it all worked out and the dog is doing OK,” APD said in a Facebook post.

The owner was given a $150 citation for leaving the dog in the car.

The police department also issued a reminder to all pet owners that vehicles parked in the sun can quickly heat up to unsafe temperatures, especially in the summer.

The town’s animal control department did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

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SPORTS NEWS

Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season — that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year’s World Series.

Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year’s third game.

The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year — slugging 12 homers in 64 games — the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season — that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year’s World Series.

Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year’s third game.

The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year — slugging 12 homers in 64 games — the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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Cubs demoting slugger Kyle Schwarber

Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(CHICAGO) — Just seven months after winning their first World Series in more than 100 years, the Chicago Cubs are in the midst of a rough patch, and on Thursday, they announced the demotion of one of their big sluggers.

Outfielder Kyle Schwarber is being sent to Triple-A Iowa, the team said, ahead of an 11-game road trip. Schwarber is hitting just .171 this season — that after putting together a strong .412 batting average in last year’s World Series.

Schwarber played in the Fall Classic last year without having registered a single hit in the regular season, having torn his ACL in the year’s third game.

The fourth pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber burst onto the scene in 2015 with 16 home runs in 69 games. While his power has remained this year — slugging 12 homers in 64 games — the rest of his game has seen a dramatic slip.

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WORLD NEWS

Three panda cubs born in China

iStock/Thinkstock(BEIJING) — Northwest China just got three new residents.

Three panda cubs were born in China at the Shaanxi Rare Wild Animals Rescue and Breeding Research Center last week. They now weigh 11.2 ounces, according to the center, and are all healthy.

Their mother, 14-year-old Yang Yang, is not a first-time mother. According to the center, she also gave birth in 2009 and 2014.

The center’s vet, Ma Qingyi, said two other female pandas there are expecting bundles of joy soon.

According to the Shaanxi Province’s forestry department, Yang Yang and her cubs are among 22 captive giant pandas in the area. The province also has 345 wild pandas living in a nearly 890,000-acre habitat.

Giant pandas typically live 20 to 30 years in captivity, according to Chinese wildlife sources.

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No royal wants to be king or queen, Prince Harry says in new interview

Jonathan Brady/WPA Pool-Getty Images(LONDON) — Prince Harry reveals in a candid new interview that he believes no one in the royal family wants to be king or queen.

“We are involved in modernizing the British monarchy. We are not doing this for ourselves but for the greater good of the people,” Harry told Newsweek magazine. “Is there any one of the royal family who wants to be king or queen? I don’t think so, but we will carry out our duties at the right time.”

Harry, the fifth in line to the British throne, has made no secret about the downsides of being a royal but in the interview called the monarchy a “force for good.”

Speaking of his grandmother, 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth II, he said, “We want to carry on the positive atmosphere that the queen has achieved for over 60 years, but we won’t be trying to fill her boots.”

The 32-year-old prince was also remarkably open about one of the most traumatic days of his life, the funeral of his mother, Princess Diana, and the decision to have him, then 12, and his brother Prince William, then 15, walk behind their mother’s coffin in a public procession.

“My mother had just died, and I had to walk a long way behind her coffin, surrounded by thousands of people watching me while millions more did on television,” Harry said. “I don’t think any child should be asked to do that, under any circumstances. I don’t think it would happen today.”

That moment shaped his life. Harry admitted earlier this year the “total chaos” and near breakdown he had after Diana’s death. He credited William, 35, with encouraging him to get counseling to deal with his grief.

Harry and William harnessed that energy to launch, with Duchess Kate, the Heads Together charity that aims to break down the stigma surrounding mental health.

“My mother died when I was very young. I didn’t want to be in the position I was in, but I eventually pulled my head out of the sand, started listening to people and decided to use my role for good. I am now fired up and energized and love charity stuff, meeting people and making them laugh,” Harry told Newsweek. “I sometimes still feel I am living in a goldfish bowl, but I now manage it better.”

He added, “I still have a naughty streak too, which I enjoy and is how I relate to those individuals who have got themselves into trouble.”

Harry also credits Princess Diana, who was just 36 when she died, with instilling in him the values he carries around in his everyday life, an appreciation for an ordinary life and making privacy a high priority. Diana was famously called the “Princess of Hearts” for her humanitarian work and Harry has earned the nickname the “Prince of Hearts” for his own compassionate charity work.

“My mother took a huge part in showing me an ordinary life, including taking me and my brother to see homeless people,” he said. “Thank goodness I’m not completely cut off from reality. People would be amazed by the ordinary life William and I live.”

Harry, who has been snapped several times with a baseball cap on buying groceries at supermarkets close to Kensington Palace, confirmed to Newsweek that he does his own grocery shopping.

“I am determined to have a relatively normal life, and if I am lucky enough to have children, they can have one too,” said Harry, who is dating American actress Meghan Markle. “Even if I was king, I would do my own shopping.”

Even with his attempts to live a normal life, Harry conceded that preserving the “magic” of the monarchy is still a vital part of the institution.

“We don’t want to dilute the magic,” Harry said. “The British public and the whole world need institutions like it.”

Harry, an uncle to Prince George and Princess Charlotte, has made no secret of his desire for children. Now, speculation is mounting that Harry is ready to settle down and propose to Markle, whom he began dating last summer.

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Despite Trump tweet, Mattis, Tillerson are full steam ahead on China, North Korea

US State Department(WASHINGTON) — After a day of meetings with top Chinese officials, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. and China have made progress on a handful of issues and are pushing ahead on pressuring North Korea — despite President Donald Trump’s claim that “it has not worked.”

“China continues to work these issues,” Mattis told reporters.

“They have a diplomatic responsibility to assert much greater economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime if they want to prevent further escalation in the region,” said Tillerson, at Mattis’s side.

So what did Trump mean by his tweet on Tuesday then?

“He represents the American people’s view of North Korea right now,” said Mattis, referencing anger over the death of Otto Warmbier, held captive by the regime for over a year.

“We see a young man go over there healthy, and with a minor act of mischief, come home dead, basically. … What you’re seeing, I think, is the American people’s frustration with a regime that provokes and provokes and provokes and basically plays outside the rules, plays fast and loose with the truth,” he said.

It was another strongly worded warning to North Korea, but given the administration’s different statements, it’s unclear what it will do next.

For his part, Tillerson doubled down on the current strategy, saying both the U.S. and China agreed to stop doing business with U.N.-sanctioned North Koreans. But with their Chinese counterparts absent from the press conference, there was no word from China on whether or not they will finally fully do that.

“We reaffirmed our commitment to implement in full all relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. For example, we both agree that our companies should not do business with any U.N.-designated North Korean entities,” said Tillerson — adding more positive spin on the summit later when he said two delegations also had a “frank exchange of views” on the South China Sea, but that China said it was committed to resolving the disputes there peacefully.

In the meantime, the U.S. will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever the freedom of navigation allows, according to Mattis.

In general, both secretaries praised their summit, formally known as the Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, for involving higher level officials in both civilian and military posts than in the past and for laying the groundwork for greater engagement, better communication and reducing the risk of dangerous incidents going forward. Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Gen. Fang Fenghui, the chief of the People’s Liberation Army’s Joint Staff, led their country’s delegation.

The American delegation also included Amb. Joseph Yun, who just returned from North Korea to secure Warmbier’s release; Amb. Terry Branstad, the longtime Iowa governor who will soon begin his time as ambassador to China; and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“This has been a unique opportunity for our nations to engage in philosophical level discussions about how we discuss these issues and discuss the way ahead,” said Mattis. “While competition between our nations is bound to occur, conflict is not inevitable.”

Wednesday’s meetings consisted of four working sessions, each focused on a couple of top security issues, like North Korea and the South China Sea.

The U.S. wants China to do more on defeating ISIS as well — in particular, helping the Iraqi government to ensure long-term stability and economic growth, according to Tillerson.

Tillerson also made a public nudge on human rights, something he’s been hesitant to do otherwise.

“We will not be shy about raising our concerns about China’s human rights record, and I was direct and candid in our meetings today,” he said.

Later in the year, high-level representatives from both countries will meet for an economic dialogue, a law enforcement and cyber dialogue, and a social and people-to-people dialogue.

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