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.