US-China strategic-economic dialogue set for July 27

US-China strategic-economic dialogue set for July 27


WASHINGTON (AFP) – Top US and Chinese leaders will meet for the first “strategic and economic dialogue” with the administration of President Barack Obama in Washington July 27-28, US officials said Monday.

The dialogue “will focus on addressing the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global areas of immediate and long-term strategic and economic interests,” according to a statement from the US Treasury and State Departments.

“This first meeting of the dialogue will also set the stage for intensive, ongoing and future bilateral cooperative mechanisms.”

The meeting is the first in a series agreed by Obama and China’s President Hu Jintao that replaces a “strategic economic dialogue” established by former president George W. Bush’s administration and Beijing.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will be joined by their respective Chinese co-chairs, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan.


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