While in Indonesia today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with People's Republic of China Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to address the wide range of common interests between the United States and China and discuss ways to advance our shared goal of maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. In pursuit of this goal, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Yang announced the intention of the United States and China to pursue several areas of practical cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the United States and China:
-- Intend to cooperate with the Government of Timor-Leste to promote agricultural development and food security in Timor-Leste;
-- Decided that the U.S. Agency for International Development and the China Earthquake Administration will cooperate with ASEAN and the UN-led International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) to strengthen collaboration on Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in Asia; and
-- Announced the intention of U.S. Pacific Command's Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance and the People's Liberation Army to cooperate with ASEAN partners to strengthen regional capacity building efforts in the area of Disaster Relief and Response.
Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Yang also underscored their resolve to identify additional areas of concrete regional cooperation to advance common interests and contribute to efforts to build a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous Asia-Pacific region for the 21st century. Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:
"...We have much to discuss when it comes to our bilateral relationship, as well as regional and global issues. I think we will review the progress that we have made since the excellent meeting that our presidents held during President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington. And, of course, I extend greetings to him from President Obama.
"We will also have a chance to review the work we did at the strategic and economic dialogue that furthered our cooperation in a number of critical areas. And I want to commend China and ASEAN for working so closely together to include implementation guidelines for the declaration of conduct in the South China Sea. And, of course, we will discuss our mutual desire for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. And I look forward to addressing these and other important issues with you."
You can read the full transcript of the Secretary's remarks here.