Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Delivers Remarks at Strategic and Economic Dialogue Closing Session

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May 25, 2010

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On May 25, 2010, Secretary Clinton delivered closing remarks at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The Secretary said: "On behalf of all of the American delegation, I want to thank our generous hosts, Vice-Premier Wang and State Councilor Dai, for their excellent preparation and the extraordinary time that has been given to this dialogue, along with the Chinese team and the American team. This dialogue is the premier forum for one of the most important and complex relationships in the world. And the breadth and depth of our delegation continues to grow, because it reflects the agenda that we are working on together."

Secretary Clinton emphasized that the Strategic and Economic Dialogue reflects the maturity, durability, and strength of the U.S.-China relationship. The Secretary continued:

"Now, as we have said many times, we do not agree on every issue. We don't agree even sometimes on the perception of the issue. But that is partly what this dialogue is about. It is a place where we can discuss everything, as State Councilor Dai said, from Taiwan to universal human rights. And in the course of doing so, we are developing that positive, cooperative, and comprehensive understanding that leads to the relationship for the 21st century that both President Obama and President Hu Jintao put into motion when they agreed to do this dialogue.

"The success of the U.S.-China relationship will ultimately be measured by the results we deliver to our people. Do our dialogues and our collaborations produce changes that people see in their daily lives, and that contribute to global progress or not? That is both our challenge and our responsibility.""So, this round of the dialogue did not solve all of our shared problems, but it did produce a number of concrete results...One in particular is in our efforts to meet the challenges of climate change and clean energy. We signed an agreement that, for the first time, will allow American experts to work closely with Chinese colleagues to begin exploring China's vast natural gas potential. We believe that could well lead to new economic opportunities in both countries, and a lower carbon emission load for our planet."

The Secretary also highlighted U.S.-China consultations on people-to-people exchanges. Earlier, President Obama announced a goal of sending 100,000 American students to China in the next 4 years to learn Mandarin, to experience Chinese culture, and to learn about the hospitality of the Chinese people, while they serve as ambassadors for the United States in China. Chinese State Councilor Liu announced 10,000 scholarships for American students. Secretary Clinton said:

"Our U.S.-China relationship must extend beyond the halls of government to our homes, our businesses, and our schools. And these exchanges really offer the opportunity for people to connect and collaborate, and they remind us of how much we have in common."

Secretary Clinton also spoke about U.S.-China discussions on global stability and security. She said:

"As part of this dialogue, we also had our most serious high-level discussion to date on development, which is a core pillar of our foreign policy, along with diplomacy and defense. And we had very frank and detailed conversations about international security challenges and regional hot spots, including Iran and North Korea. We stressed the importance of reaching a conclusion on resolution of the United Nations Security Council to send a message to Iran to, 'Live up to your international responsibilities or face growing isolation and consequences.'

"Similarly, with respect to North Korea, the United States and China share the objective of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. Last year, we worked to pass and enforce a strong UN Security Council resolution in the wake of North Korea's nuclear test. Now we must work together again to address the serious challenge provoked by the sinking of the South Korean ship.

"We are looking forward to working with our friends in South Korea. We appreciated the very statesmanlike approach that President Lee is following, and the prudent measures that he announced in his speech. No one is more concerned about the peace and stability in this region than the Chinese. We know this is a shared responsibility. And in the days ahead, we will work with the international community and our Chinese colleagues to fashion an effective and appropriate response. The consultations between China and the United States have started here in Beijing. They continue very closely, and we expect to be working together to resolve this matter.

"China and the United States are two great nations with a compelling interest in global stability and security. We have different histories, and are at different stages in our development. But we recognize that we share a responsibility for meeting the challenges of our time, from combating climate change to curbing nuclear proliferation and re-balancing the global economy. This dialogue is a mechanism to exercise that collective leadership and meet our collective responsibilities."

Read the Secretary's full remarks here.



May 26, 2010

P. writes:

Can americans finally reached freedom to be producing indipendent from china and open producing facilities in their country or they still must be producing everything overseas?

New Mexico, USA
May 26, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I just read a BBC news item reporting that Sec. Clinton had arrived in S. Korea, and I was struck by the photo of her walking past her honor guard.

Here she is dealing with a crisis that would make most diplomats sweat bullets and she's looking cool as a can be, like it's all in a day's work.

I guess it is at that.

I'm reminded of former Deputy Sec. Armitage in his role in keeping the peace between India and Pakistan back in 2002.

I wish her all the best, and look forward to her reporting back home that diplomacy has once again been able to "stop the car in time."

I kind of think that's going to require both China and the US and friends putting a heavy foot on the brake pedal simultaneously.

Unlike that situation, the basic question with this one is how do you stop a war before it starts if the agressive party cannot be reasoned with?

I sure hope the Sec. has got the answer to that in her toolkit.

Maryland, USA
May 26, 2010

Patrick in Maryland writes:

I think things went well at The Great Hall of The People. Everyone seemed to have a positive outlook after their meetings,or face to face dialogue Sessions, with their counterparts in Beijing..:) The Official of our countries seem to be building on the Educational and Economic parnerships of our Citizens, to form closer bonds of progress in the coming Years.

Anyways, i thought you all looked good in the photos in "The Hall of the People of Beijing, China".Nice paintings of the Mountains and the Great Wall of China in the back ground...:)

Cya...Officials..&..Hillary, have a wonderful visit on your journeys throughout Asia..:)

South Korea
June 2, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

sorry, former president of Korea No Moo Hyeun, He fight all kind of "dirty rotten pyramid cartel in South-Korea", that point resembles President Barack Obama. But, now i deny all kind of No Moo Hyeun`s baranch, they ignore three times to me. i understand their`s mind. i bears two times. but, third is not.

i abandoned my life and my family and friend, also money and go to but, when they are notice winning`s smell, they throw end of life.(just my opinion)
really, i can`t do anything. any thinking.

yes, 1980`s but, Please, tell to me, where are going to. i think, they are not democrat, just pursuit power. maybe, end of election President Lee`s side say to me, you are the left and the opposite say to me, your living place is the right. before i said someone, i going to the left, so many person said slang and "i know you and your family, don`t do that by behavior, eye`s"

my start line is simple, South-Korea is needing CHANGE from and for the normal person for not rotten, not bribe society. but, three men, one woman`s fan club break
my dream. not sayng, just eys`s you are not, go away. never appear to ours land. i`m very sad, lost my aim. now, i living only for money.


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