The past week has set us up for a successful bilateral relationship in the months ahead. After flying down to Shanghai to welcome Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and accompany her to the USA Pavilion at the Expo, I landed back in Beijing Sunday for three busy days of bilateral talks, including the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) May 24 and 25. Key leaders from our two countries -- half of the U.S. cabinet was here along with numerous other U.S. Government agency heads and senior representatives -- exchanged ideas about how best to coordinate action on global challenges such as proliferation, terrorism, economic recovery and development, global threats to public health, and climate change.
Secretaries Clinton and Geithner -- co-leaders of the U.S. delegation -- both told me they viewed the dialogue as a broad success. I couldn't agree more. This year's S&ED marked another positive step forward in our bilateral relationship. We laid the groundwork for boosting economic prosperity, creating jobs and enhancing the quality of life of people in both countries, something both governments desire for their citizens. Our meetings also covered areas such as market access for trade and investment, protecting intellectual property rights and promoting innovation in non-discriminatory ways, ensuring balanced and sustainable growth, and financial market stability and reform. We addressed security and proliferation in various regions of the world, as well as sensitive issues such as human rights and Internet freedom. We officially launched a series of measures to promote people-to-people exchanges and signed half a dozen bilateral agreements ranging from cooperation on infectious diseases to energy cooperation on shale gas.
Having a structured dialogue is critical to continued communication and understanding between our two countries. I look forward to next year's dialogue. Many thanks to my staff in Beijing and to all those who came out from Washington, DC, to make this happen!