Outcomes of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Posted by Kin Moy
July 13, 2013
Strategic Track Plenary Session During the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

Our relationship with China is as big as it is complex.  As the two largest economies on the planet, the United States and China must act as partners so that we can do well not just for our two countries, but for the rest of the world. 

The latest round of the annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue afforded opportunities for U.S. and Chinese top officials and diplomats to discuss a wide array of issues, and not just to air out our differences, but to find common ground and build cooperation.  We addressed topics relating to the security of both our nations, agreeing on the need to enhance dialogue on international norms and principles in cyber space, and pledging to find ways to increase the communication between military leaders. 

Secretary of State John Kerry and his counterpart, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, agreed on the fundamental importance of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, reaffirmed their commitment to the P5+1 negotiations with Iran, and reiterated their support for the upcoming Geneva Conference on Syria.  The United States and China also unveiled our first-ever Joint Dialogue on Global Development -- a regular forum for the two sides to talk about development issues and jointly advance our shared goals of poverty reduction, economic growth, and sustainable development, starting with joint projects in Afghanistan and Timor-Leste.

As the United States and China are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, the environment was also a major focus of the dialogue.  The United States and China announced five new initiatives to accelerate action on climate change as well as six new EcoPartnerships between U.S. and Chinese entities.  They agreed to tackle pricing and regulatory issues as well as endeavor to improve partnerships on energy efficiency, renewable energy, emergency responses, and sharing data on energy supply, demand, and reserves.

“China and the United States will continue, throughout this century, to be able to set the example as the two most powerful economies, the two countries with the greatest global reach and the greatest ability to able to affect the outcome of a life on this planet,” Secretary of State John Kerry said at the opening session of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.

Thanks to this candid, honest approach to the meetings, the outcomes mentioned above are only a few examples of the many areas in which the U.S.-China relationship grew this week.  A complete list -- with more than 90 outcomes on the Strategic Track alone -- can be found on our website.



Ashim C.
July 18, 2013
US and China are discussing denuclearisation of Korean peninsula and on the other hand North Korean ship is caught carrying missile hardware while it searched on being suspected of carrying other contrabands. One assumes that North Korean ship was a state owned ship and understands that under maritime laws captain of the ship is required to carry a complete list of cargo for inspection. It would be interesting to learn if all the cargo, the ship was found carrying were in the list of cargo available on ship. China more than USA should be more concerned about findings in the ship because China has really most active commercial, political and military relationship with North Korea and can be easily affected by illegal smuggling by state actors of North Korea. The threats are somewhat similar to challenges China faces from another very dear friend of China - Pakistan - in south west of China from religious fundamentalism and terrorism, which may have it's fountainhead further distant west of Pakistan but spreads from Pakistan. One wonders why nobody has ever thought of a four nation summit consisting of USA, China, India and Pakistan on challenges from terrorism and how they can cooperate by creating a shared mechanism to meet the challenge. Similarly there can be a summit of USA, China and a couple of East Asian & pacific nations which are most affected by nuclear proliferation and checking transportation of contrabands by ships by delinquent state actors.
Ashim C.
July 29, 2013
One read a report which said China was willing to invest 100 billion US $ in India state of Andhra Pradesh. Sitting over a reserve of 3 trillion US $ or more, huge Chinese investments in India and other SAARC countries cannot be ruled out. With US $ gaining in strength in alarming proportions and pace vis a vis Indian Rupee, China also not quite knowing what to do with that accumulated reserves and India needing badly to invest trillions of dollars, it is difficult to imagine how long India can resist Chinese temptations and terms and conditions that will accompany that Chinese overtures in a situation where investments from other countries are not coming by. For India it is logically a question of weighing the nature and impact of conditions of Chinese investments such as if Chinese investment would be limited to infrastructure sector only or even in manufacturing sector, to create jobs and empower people of India economically, which in turn will increase the size of Indian market for all kinds of goods and services. If this indeed happens, balance of power will change unimaginably dramatically in which India will continue to be second in Asia after China, which few Indian patriots would mind so long as quality of life in India improves to middle income group country level by world standard. Surely, that would be a blow to USA's policies of increased strategic engagement in Asia expressed in look east policy in which USA wants or perhaps needs India as partner. It is a competitive open world. Europe, USA , and rest of North Europe should respond to the emerging situation in South Asia for which thoughts have started germinating. Who knows Sino-India trade is the real solution to many South Asian problems like Kashmir if Pakistan transforms vis a vis India under Chinese influence geographically and politically. China won't be a looser if Pakistan transforms even geographically alone so long as it's economic interests in West or North West Pakistani provinces are protected.


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