Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in China

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May 4, 2012
U.S. and Chinese Leaders at Great Hall in Beijing on May 4, 2012

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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 read more about U.S.-China people-to-people exchanges here, and more about the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Rounds I-IV Strategic Track Outcomes here.

You can follow Secretary Clinton's travel to China, Bangladesh, and India April 30-May 8, 2012, on



May 4, 2012

W.W. writes:

by Richard Haass:

The future is global and all set :

This month's college graduates will lead 21st century lives. There is much we cannot know about this new century. If you doubt this, think about the world at the time today's graduates were born. The Soviet Union was collapsing. Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia were still intact countries. Saddam Hussein was busy occupying Kuwait, soon to be ousted by an extraordinary coalition led by the United States. Here at home, offices were just getting desktop computers. Cell phones were as large as they were rare. Libraries still had card catalogs. There was no Facebook, no Google, and no Twitter.

But there is also a lot we can predict. Over the next ninety years, the population of the United States will increase from 300 million to well over 500 million. The number of people in the world could reach 10 billion. America will have a majority minority population. China will likely constitute the world’s largest economy. Climate change will probably alter global temperatures, sea levels, and weather patterns.

More important, the world will matter as never before. Ours is an age of globalization, a world defined by large and swift flows across borders of tourists, businessmen, students, dollars, greenhouse gases, oil and gas, manufactured goods, services, emails, television and radio signals, technology, drugs, germs, weapons, terrorists, viruses, and much more. There is no escaping this: the world is not Las Vegas; what happens out there does not stay out there. For better or worse, much of it will come here.

And vice versa. A good deal of what we do here goes there, be it what Americans produce in the way of manufactured goods and ideas or by the example they set as a society.

More than 95% of the world’s people live outside this country. And while our share of global economic output is high -- on the order of 20-25% -- this number is coming down. All this means expanded markets for what we produce. But it also means expanded competition.

How this competition plays out will go a long way toward determining future American employment levels, income, and standards of living. Americans can no longer assume they will prevail. They will only hold their own if they continue to educate themselves.

Graduates also need to be ready to serve their country. The United States requires a large number of citizens who can operate successfully overseas. These men and women can literally be the country’s foot-soldiers, or they can be involved in diplomacy, intelligence, law enforcement, foreign aid, and homeland security. They could also enter journalism, academia, business--or work for one of the many NGOs involved in promoting education, health, or development. Knowlege is essential if one is to work successfully in or on the world.

There is no one-stop shopping for where to find the needed intellectual fuel, but I have several suggestions. Travel overseas. Better yet, live abroad for an extended period. Learn a second language. Return to school for another degree or go on line to take a course. Regularly read a serious newspaper or magazine or visit an authoritative website or tune in to one of those rare but still possible to find television or radio shows that provide real news and thoughtful discussion.

All Americans, whether they hold a college diploma or not, will need to top off their intellectual tank often, and some of the topping off should involve gaining the knowledge or skills that will prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of the modern world. Their future, not to mention their country's future, depends on it.

this man writes well and he deserves millions for it is he a grand master ? well his Quabbalistic name says it all Haass With two A and two S a big one

May the force be with all of you ... awaiting for Skywalker

John C.
May 4, 2012

John C. writes:

I'm not happy with the way the Chen incident was handled. I understand that we have to tiptoe around in China - since they basically own us - but still, we need to stand up for what's right.

California, USA
May 5, 2012

Carl in California writes:

Very proud of Secretary of State Clinton for her steadfast commitment to freedom and justice for all.

God Bless America!

New Mexico, USA
May 6, 2012

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ WW,

Born before the was an Ameican in space, by the time I was 21, we were launching shuttles.

I think every generation has it's measurements of progress.

South Korea
May 6, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

India and POSCO.

Asia, if the last hope, to overcome the economic crisis in Europe - if the last consumer market ....

In India, a large steel works, rather than to think should be done. A large steel mill in India, and the company to the people of India, a significant portion of revenue is reduced.

Soundness of India's economy, providing jobs to Indians, Indian and you want to grow into independent and supportive nation, India's national capital should be positive, and now Prime Minister of India .....

Beyond the political issues,

Asia is the overproduction of steel products and iron products, consume one to two years to keep in stock in the warehouse will likely suspect.

Simply, rather than economic policy for India only, and Asia considered as an economic system,

Inventory of steel products in Asia, India and the income, around the country and ease the strain on their stock, India produced around the country to import products that - due to comparative advantage in economic policy think we should enforce.

China's domestic market expansion and Russia's revolutionary Advanced hwawa As economic reforms made, an island nation in Southeast Asia and India and Indochina countries if they join -

Japan's capital and technology are also thought I'd participate. If North Korea adopted a policy of openness, I think is even better ...

POSCO's Indian steel construction should be delayed one to two years to think. China also reduced production of the burden of overproduction and, for employees considering job cuts or layoffs will think you have already done.

India with active support of the United States, a significant accumulation of wealth, but most are owned by the upper class and middle class in production, two bad habits, such as the caste system, is thought to interfere with obstacles. In particular, the social advancement of women still (when you start in India, Pakistan and Give you a positive impact on Afghans, such as honor killings, abuses will disappear I think.)

Bollywood as a typical success story, the story many times, but a little thought to the lack of policy. Middle layer of low-income people making policy - especially, countries such as India, severe income disparity in the large-scale civil works properly, I think.

Also, a large country in Asia, India, a lot of people a lot of effort into infrastructure construction is tilted, the deficit in the short term be lifted, and some foreign capital, India's consumer market easier to invest in anticipation of likely, the possibility has already been proven. India's policy by the national capital to maintain its own system, congestion and speed up the development, but ......

Donna High Speed ​​Maglev train, gonghangdeung - Asian stock give the consumer an opportunity to promote strong civil works, I think. For a while, if depleted stocks, meantime, development of other countries and in India, think of the stuff is imported. Although, in order to achieve military checks and balances, how to avoid war with the local people wish to exist, but realistically how to avoid and difficult to find people to expect - again, expect many soldiers die is. Because the local rather than national war victims, the Navy is likely to be very suspect. From now on, the sea rescue equipment would create?

Bollywood in the same way as the United States to India has been made richer. Now, to India, a small charge when you need to co-pays, I think. And, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was the failure of social reforms, these reforms are absolutely necessary, I think. In order to support reform also, need the active support and involvement, I think.

While providing a little more space in India, India, Asia's stock to consume, but what do you say to enforce a policy? I am a wide territory and many consumers and producers is easy to perform with a country he thinks is a large civil engineering. High Speed ​​Rail, Maglev trains, airports, roads, schools, hospitals, harbors, and maintenance projects, including large classes in preparation for heavy rains also .....

- India is strong in the IT business stories, most of outsourcing by multinational corporations, and most think that a simple phone call to the agent. In the IT industry to create programs, maintenance and repair personnel, still small, I think. Be proportional to the population of India .....


South America get away the drugs and the drug cartel`s terrorism.

South Korea
May 6, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:


not come my words, then kill me

May 6, 2012

W.W. writes:

@ eric

probably that s why is a giant groundhog - cos of the gene-rational progress !

Thanks Amerika

May 8, 2012

W.W. writes:

That s why they were there

United We Sell :

General Motors is becoming China Motors


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