In Beijing May 3-4, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner joined their Chinese co-chairs, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, for the fourth joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). In a joint statement, the two countries described the talks as "candid, in-depth and constructive discussions" in which both sides "decided to advance practical cooperation between the United States and China in order to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual benefit and mutual respect."
During a press conference at the S&ED, Secretary Clinton said:
"...The United States welcomes a strong, prosperous, and successful China. We want to see China not only deliver economic prosperity for its large population, but also play a key role in world affairs. And our countries and our peoples gain far more from cooperation then from competition, so we are committed to pursuing a positive, cooperative, comprehensive relationship. And I want to underscore the importance of events like this fourth Annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue. We use it to maximize mutual understanding and areas of cooperation while also speaking frankly to one another about those areas about which we have disagreements. Now, given all that we are doing together bilaterally, regionally, and globally, we need this kind of open, regular mechanism for strengthening our partnership and managing those areas where there are tensions and differences.
"I said something earlier today that I would repeat for you, because together the United States and China are trying to do something that is historically unprecedented, to write a new answer to the age-old question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet. And for the United States, we see this as an opportunity, not a threat. We look at the future with great optimism. And we believe that neither of us can afford to keep looking at the world through old lenses, whether it's the legacy of imperialism, the Cold War, or balance-of-power politics. Zero sum thinking will lead to negative sum results.
"And so instead, what we are trying to do is to build a resilient relationship that allows both of our nations to thrive without unhealthy competition, rivalry, or conflict while meeting our national, regional, and global responsibilities."
In addition, while in Beijing, Secretary Clinton co-chaired with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong the third U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE). The CPE aims to enhance and strengthen ties between the citizens of the United States and China in the areas of culture, education, sports, science and technology, and women's issues. During the third CPE, both sides pledged to adopt new, concrete measures to expand cooperation in these areas.
The United States and China agreed to continue ongoing CPE achievements including the U.S. 100,000 Strong Initiative and China's three 10,000 scholarship programs, the U.S.-China Young Scientists Forum, the East Asia Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. science students, renewal of the U.S.-China Cultural Implementing Accord, the U.S.-China Women Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (Women-LEAD), and the U.S.-China Young Leaders Exchange.
During this year's CPE, the two governments also agreed to enhance support for the binational U.S.-China Fulbright Program, double the new Fulbright M.A. Program for Chinese students, triple Fulbright Critical Language Enhancement Awards for American Fulbrighters to study Chinese, and welcome the first U.S. Distinguished Chair for a highly qualified American professor to teach in China this fall. The U.S. government sends more students to study in China than to any other country. The robust educational relationship between the U.S. and China is one of our most important worldwide and is helping to build a stronger foundation for our overall bilateral relationship.
You can follow Secretary Clinton's travel to China, Bangladesh, and India April 30-May 8, 2012, on www.state.gov.