The seventh meeting of hte U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the sixth Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) will be held in Washington, D.C., June 23-24.
What are the S&ED and CPE?
Established by President Obama and Chinese President Hu in April 2009, the S&ED focuses on addressing the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global areas of immediate and long-term economic and strategic interest. The S&ED provides the United States and China an important, regularized platform to strengthen our relationship, to deepen our coordination, to promote cooperation, and to narrow or manage our differences. The continuity of the annual dialogue allows us to build on past progress and to engage deeply on important issues.
People-to-people exchanges are an important element in developing strong and lasting ties between the United States and China. The CPE promotes and strengthens people-to-people ties between our two countries in the fields of education, culture, science and technology, sports, women’s issues, and health. It provides a high-level annual forum for government and private-sector representatives to discuss cooperation on exchanges in a broad, strategic manner.
What will happen at this year's S&ED and CPE?
Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew will be joined for the Dialogue by their respective Chinese co-chairs, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang, along with members of the U.S. delegation and their Chinese counterparts. Vice Premier Liu Yandong, Secretary Kerry’s Chinese co-chair at the CPE, will lead the Chinese CPE delegation.
Tonight, Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew will host dinners for their respective Chinese counterparts at Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Then, over the course of the next two days, Secretary Kerry and State Councilor Yang Jiechi will co-chair the strategic track of the dialogue, while Treasury Secretary Lew and Vice Premier Wang Yang co-chair the economic track. The leaders will hold cross-cutting discussions on combatting climate change and promoting sustainable development; countering pandemics, such as Ebola; and also on conserving oceans and wildlife.
In addition to the S&ED and CPE, Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will co-host the fifth Strategic Security Dialogue (SSD) with his Chinese counterpart, Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui on June 22, and the State Department will host the seventh U.S. - China Women’s Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (WE-LEAD) on June 23.
How can I engage with the S&ED and CPE events?