Headlines

Human rights shouldn't hinder state-to-state relations

Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo said Friday that the issue of human rights should neither be a hindrance for state-to-state relations, nor be used as an excuse to interfere in the domestic affairs of other nations.

Constructive U.S.-China relations lost on no one

The fourth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) began on Thursday in Beijing with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao stressing that China and the United States should build new ties and warning that a downturn in relations would constitute a serious threat to the world.

Video: Opening ceremony

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Past meetings

May 2011

The third meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED) was held in Washington, DC, May 9-10, 2011.

May 2010

The second joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue took place in Beijing May 24-25, 2010.

July 2009

The first joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was be held in Washington, D.C. from July 27-28, 2009.

What to watch

South China sea sovereignty issue

South China sea sovereignty issue

The United States has said it would not take sides in the Huangyan Island standoff between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea and reiterated support for a diplomatic resolution.
DPRK nuclear capabilities

DPRK nuclear capabilities

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged China on Thursday to help defuse tension over Iran, North Korea and other global flashpoints.
RMB rate

RMB rate

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner reiterated calls for China to embrace a stronger yuan on Thursday by saying a firmer currency would give Beijing more flexibility in managing future economic growth and inflation.
Trade

Trade

Geithner, who is in Beijing with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for annual talks with Beijing, said firms in both countries must compete on a level playing field in order for global trade to thrive.

Backgrounder

The U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was established by President Obama and Chinese President Hu in April 2009 and represents the highest-level bilateral forum to discuss a broad range of issues between the two nations. The Dialogue is an essential step in advancing a positive, constructive, and comprehensive relationship between the two countries.

Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, as special representatives of President Obama, and Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, as special representatives of President Hu, co-chair the Dialogue, which includes Strategic and Economic tracks and takes place annually in alternating capitals.

Key representatives

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. On January 21, 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States.

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner

Timothy Franz Geithner is an American economist, central banker, and civil servant. He is the 75th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury, serving under President Barack Obama. He was previously the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Chinese vice premier Wang Qishan
Chinese vice premier Wang Qishan

Wang Qishan is a politician in the People's Republic of China who currently serves as the Vice-Premier in charge of economic, energy and financial affairs under premier Wen Jiabao. He was elected Vice-Premier in March 2008.

Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo
Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo

Dai Bingguo is a Chinese professional diplomat. Since 2008, Dai has emerged as one of the foremost and highest-ranking figures of Chinese foreign policy in the Chinese government.

Issues that may be related to talks

No.1: Chen Guangcheng

BEIJING, May 2 (Xinhua) -- It is informed here Wednesday that Chen Guangcheng, a native from Yinan County of eastern China's Shandong Province, entered the U.S. Embassy in Beijing in late April and left of his own volition after staying there for six days.

China demands U.S. apology on Chen Guangcheng's entering U.S. embassy

China demands the U.S to apologize for a Chinese citizen's entering the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry said here Wednesday.

Issues that may be related to talks

No.2: Huangyan Island tension

Perhaps, it is a rare and “unusually bold move” by the Philippines, amongst all its overt and covert actions to wrest the oil-rich islets in the South China Sea from China, that Manila is right now launching a multilayered campaign against China, with the standoff entering escalating off the Huangyan Island.