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09 April 2014 Defense Secretary Addresses China’s Future Defense Leaders Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took the stage here April 8, addressing military officers and students who crowded into the auditorium at the Peoples’ Liberation Army National Defense University to hear him describe China’s status as a major power and its obligation to address security challenges for the good of the region.
18 March 2014 U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group and Ten-Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation Meetings (State.gov) A delegation of senior Chinese officials is in Washington March 17-18 for bilateral meetings with Administration officials on climate change and other environmental issues.
07 March 2014 China Eager to Expand Free Trade, U.S. Official Says Realizing the vision of a free trade area in the Asia-Pacific region
was among the priorities emerging from the first of several
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings to be held in China
this year. Formally proposed in 2006, the Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific (FTAAP), would create a free trade zone
to expand commerce and economic growth in the region.
• Fact Sheet on How Values Drive U.S. Trade Policy
14 February 2014 North Korea, Climate Change Top Agenda for Kerry, China's Leaders Secretary of State John Kerry met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese officials during a visit to Beijing and received a commitment from China to help convince North Korea to return to nuclear disarmament talks. Kerry also emphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to refocusing U.S. foreign policy on the Asia-Pacific region. During Kerry’s talks with Xi and other officials, they discussed climate change, human rights and the rule of law, Syria’s civil war, and efforts to reduce tensions with Iran over its nuclear development program.
22 January 2014 State Dept. on lists of U.S.-China Cooperative Projects
13 January 2014 Agreement Extended To Further Protect Archaeological Heritage of China The State Department announced the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding Between The Government of The United States of America and The Government of The People’s Republic of China Concerning The Imposition of Import Restrictions on Categories of Archaeological Material from The Paleolithic Period Through The Tang Dynasty and Monumental Sculpture and Wall Art at Least 250 Years Old.
06 January 2014 State Dept. on China's Destruction of Illegal Wildlife Products The United States commends the government of the People’s Republic of China for destroying more than five tons of ivory, in Guangdong Province today. ... China’s action, building on similar events held in the United States, Kenya, Gabon and the Philippines, will send a powerful message to wildlife poachers and traffickers and to the consumers of illegal wildlife products.
27 December 2013 Annual Report Recaps Progress in U.S.-China Trade Relationship The United States remains committed to advancing its trade relationship with China to benefit both nations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) says. On December 24 the USTR presented to Congress its 2013 annual report on China's compliance with its World Trade Organization (WTO) obligations. The legally mandated report highlights the status of China's policies and practices in areas such as intellectual property rights, industrial policies, services, agriculture and transparency.
20 December 2013 Beijing Talks Advance U.S.-China Trade Relationship Chinese and U.S. officials concluded trade discussions in Beijing December 20 with “key outcomes in the areas of intellectual property rights, government procurement, and regulatory obstacles,” the U.S. Commerce department said in a press release the same day.
13 December 2013 High-Level Visit to China Will Strengthen U.S. Asia-Pacific Ties U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will travel to Beijing to co-chair the 24th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) December 19–20 with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang.
06 December 2013 Top Chinese, U.S. Officials to Discuss Environmental Cooperation U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will arrive in China December 9 to discuss U.S.-China cooperation on air quality, climate pollution and environmental issues. She will travel to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong during her visit. Highlights of her visit, according to EPA, include co-chairing the U.S.-China Joint Committee on Environmental Cooperation, delivering a keynote speech at Tsinghua University and meeting with senior officials, business leaders and nongovernmental organization representatives.
28 October 2013 State Dept. on Meetings with PRC Special Representative Wu Dawei "The United States and China agree on the fundamental importance of a denuclearized North Korea. Special Representative Wu’s visit is part of a series of high-level, in-depth U.S.-China discussions on how to achieve our shared goal of a denuclearized North Korea in a peaceful manner."
17 September 2013 U.S. Will Work with Shanghai Group to Boost Trade with China U.S. Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez signed an agreement September 16 intended to enhance trade between the United States and China.
16 September 2013 China, U.S. Seek Steps Forward, Solutions in Trade Relationship Two top U.S. trade officials discussed strengthening the increasingly productive trade relationship between the United States and China as they co-chaired the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Mid-Year Review in Beijing on September 11.
02 August 2013 Press Conference Following U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue Remarks by Uzra Zeya Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
20 July 2013 Kerry on Getting the U.S.-China Climate Partnership Right "Today, it’s not just our geopolitics that are changing — it’s the earth itself. And it requires a new partnership with China to meet the challenge. … Nothing less than a complete and collaborative transformation of the way we use and produce energy will be enough to tackle the urgent threat of climate change."
16 July 2013 United States and China Commit To Work Together To Combat Wildlife Trafficking Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Robert D. Hormats and Administrator Zhao Shucong of the Chinese State Forestry Administration led a historic breakout session on wildlife trafficking during the 2013 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington, DC
15 July 2013 New Commerce Secretary Participates in U.S.-China Dialogue The Obama administration’s newest Cabinet member, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, joined Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns and other top U.S. officials at the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington. Lew led discussions with the Chinese delegation, headed by Vice Premier Wang Yang. They were joined by a delegation of Cabinet members, ministers, agency heads and senior officials from both countries.
12 July 2013 China, U.S. to Negotiate Investment Treaty Following two days of talks between senior U.S. and Chinese
officials, China announced its intention to negotiate a bilateral
investment treaty with the United States that would encourage openness,
nondiscrimination and transparency in all sectors of investment between
the two countries.
• U.S.-China Joint Fact Sheet on Strategic and Economic Dialogue
11 July 2013 China, U.S. Launch New EcoPartnerships for Sustainability Pairs of U.S. and Chinese companies and institutions are joining
ventures in which they seize shared problems to find solutions that
prevent pollution, mitigate greenhouse gases, protect water and preserve
• The U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program
10 July 2013 China's Dialogue with U.S. Builds Trust, Biden Says Speaking at the opening of the 5th U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington July 10, Biden said the annual dialogue between officials in both countries is essential because there is “no more important relationship,” and it serves to build trust between the two countries.
10 July 2013 State Dept. Facts on U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group The United States and China have agreed to five new action initiatives with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by tackling the largest sources of emissions in both countries. These initiatives were developed by the U.S.-China Working Group on Climate Change and presented in a Report agreed to by Leaders’ Special Representatives at the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
20 June 2013 State Department on U.S.-China Middle East Dialogue Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun held the second round of the U.S.-China Middle East Dialogue in Washington, D.C. . This dialogue was held under the framework of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
08 June 2013 Obama, Chinese President Xi Hold Extensive, Informal Talks President Obama says that he and Chinese President Xi Jinping shared their visions for the futures of their countries during two days of informal talks in California and agreed that they are more likely to achieve long-term prosperity and security for their nations by working together cooperatively than if they are engaged in conflict.
05 June 2013 Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping Meet June 7–8 for Talks President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet June 7–8 to discuss a broad range of issues, from promoting economic growth and trade to the leading security challenges in Northeast Asia and cybersecurity, senior White House officials say. “Early in the term of both presidents, we felt that having this type of wide-ranging, informal setting for discussions between the two leaders would allow them to cover the broadest possible agenda, but also to forge a working relationship that we will be relying on very much in the years to come,” an administration official said during a June 4 White House background briefing.
05 June 2013 China, U.S. Share Priorities on Climate Change President Obama is preparing for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping June 7-8 as U.S. presidential advisers lay the groundwork for future agreements to advance a shared agenda.
31 May 2013 State Department on 24th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square "We renew our call for China to protect the universal human rights of all its citizens; release those who have been wrongfully detained, prosecuted, incarcerated, forcibly disappeared, or placed under house arrest; and end the ongoing harassment of human rights activists and their families."
16 April 2013 Keynote Address: U.S.- China Internet Industry Forum Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, Robert Hormats, at the U.S.- China Internet Industry Forum in Beijing, China.
05 April 2013 Global Health Partnership Is Strong Amid China Flu Reports The United States and China have made remarkable progress in responding to a potential disease outbreak, said a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services assistant secretary April 5. Dr. Nils Daulaire’s assessment of the bilateral relationship on public health issues comes as a form of bird flu never previously detected in humans has caused five confirmed deaths in China.
25 January 2013 100,000 Strong Foundation Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-China Ties Even in a world knit together by technological communication systems, nothing surpasses face-to-face contact, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and those people-to-people ties are what the newly launched 100,000 Strong Foundation hopes to build between China and the United States through student exchanges.
05 September 2012 Clinton Says U.S.-China Dialogue Gaining Strength, Resilience Through their expanding and ongoing dialogue, the United States and
China are building habits of cooperation, communication and consultation
on “every consequential issue facing our nations and the world today,”
in areas of mutual interest as well as those of disagreement, Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.
• Press Conference by Clinton, Chinese Foreign Minister
04 September 2012 Clinton Arrives in Beijing for Crucial Talks Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Beijing September 4
for two days of talks with senior Chinese leaders as part of a broader
trip across the Asia-Pacific region to discuss security, economic and
regional concerns. Part of this visit to Beijing is to talk with leaders
before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum meetings being held
in Vladivostok, Russia, September 8–9.
• Clinton, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Before Meeting
14 August 2012 U.S.-China Middle East Dialogue Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun held the inaugural round of U.S.-China Middle East Dialogue in Beijing.
07 May 2012 U.S. Defense Secretary, Chinese Minister of National Defense Conduct Press Conference U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta welcomed Chinese Minister of National Defense General Liang Guanglie to the Pentagon as part of the first U.S. visit by a Chinese defense minister in nine years. Panetta hosted an honor cordon before meeting with Liang, and the two briefed the press after the historic talks.
04 May 2012 U.S., China Conclude Extensive Talks on Strategic, Economic Issues The United States and China have wrapped up two days of talks in Beijing on strategic and economic issues for the purpose of building what Secretary of State Hilary Rodham Clinton called “the most consequential relationship of the 21st century.”
04 May 2012 Statement on Chen Guangcheng Victoria Nuland, the Department of State Spokesperson, said that the Chinese Government stated today that Mr. Chen Guangcheng has the same right to travel abroad as any other citizen of China. Mr. Chen has been offered a fellowship from an American university, where he can be accompanied by his wife and two children.
03 May 2012 United States Ambassador to China Gary Locke Briefs the Press Special Briefing by Ambassador Gary Locke and State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland.
• Interview With Karson Yiu of ABC News
• Interview With Stan Grant of CNN
• Interview With Ian Williams of NBC
• Interview With Marsha Cooke of CBS
03 May 2012 U.S. and China Address Strategic, Economic Interests in Beijing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in her opening remarks
at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue that the two countries
have become “thoroughly, inescapably interdependent” since the dialogue
was initiated in 2009.
07 March 2012 Clinton Praises 40 Years of U.S.-China Progress Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised the progress the United States and China have made in building strong and durable country-to-country relations since former President Nixon’s critical meetings with Chinese leaders 40 years ago in Beijing.
21 February 2012 Chinese VP Xi Concludes U.S. Visit with Biden in California Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping wrapped up a five-day trip to the United States with a stop in California that included meetings with U.S. government officials and private sector leaders and a visit with local schoolchildren who are studying Chinese.
15 February 2012 State Dept. on Expansion of U.S.-China EcoPartnerships Program On the occasion of the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, the United States and China have expanded the U.S.-China EcoPartnerships program with the admission of two more EcoPartnerships this week, bringing the total number of EcoPartnerships to 15. The EcoPartnerships program is aimed at developing new models of mutually beneficial voluntary arrangements between a range of state, local, and private sector organizations, to promote energy security, economic growth, and environmental sustainability in both countries.
14 February 2012 Biden and China’s Xi Jinping Begin High-Level Talks Vice President Biden opened his meeting with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping by saying that a strong U.S.-China relationship is one of the most important to both nations and also is significant to the world. Biden set the tone for the second in a series of meetings with Xi by adding that it is a sign of strength and maturity in the two-way relationship that the United States and China are able to talk candidly about their differences and then make progress bridging those differences.
11 February 2012 Biden and China’s Xi Jinping to Hold Crucial Talks The weeklong visit to the United States of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, hosted by Vice President Biden, should be viewed as part of a broader effort by the United States to focus American foreign and economic policies on the Asia-Pacific region, a senior U.S. national security official says.
09 February 2012 Summary of Biden’s Meeting on Human Rights and Reform in China The Vice President and senior Administration officials met yesterday with four experts and advocates on human rights and legal reform in China. They discussed the deterioration of China’s human rights situation, prospects for reform, and recommendations for U.S. policy.
14 December 2011 USTR Cites Concerns over China’s Trade Policies Ten years after joining the World Trade Organization, China has made major progress in strengthening its international trade ties, but the office of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk says significant concerns about the country’s economic and trade policies remain.
12 November 2011 U.S. Committed to Positive, Cooperative Relations with China A thriving China is good for the Chinese and is good for the United States, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says, but China must embrace political, economic and human rights reforms, which will provide “a stronger foundation for stability and growth both for China and for everyone else.”
07 November 2011 U.S., Chinese Officials to Co-Chair Commission on Trade Ties U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Commerce Secretary John Bryson and Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan will address critical trade, commerce and agricultural issues as co-chairs of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade’s next meeting.
31 October 2011 State’s Burns Visits Beijing for Discussions on Crucial Issues Deputy Secretary of State William Burns visited Beijing October 27–29 to review mutual priorities with top Chinese officials for upcoming international meetings and to discuss major bilateral, regional and global issues.
25 October 2011 U.S.-China Relationship Is Evolving, Diplomat Says Today’s relationship between the United States and China is evolving in a period of extraordinary energy and change in international politics and economics, says Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. “At the same time, we face emerging challenges unbound by geographic borders or political systems, from proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and cybercrime to infectious disease, piracy and climate change,” he said.
14 September 2011 Ambassador Locke Discusses Expanded U.S.-China Relations The ultimate strength of the U.S.-China partnership and the degree to which the two nations build mutual trust depend on the investment, support and active engagement of the American and Chinese peoples, U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke says. Locke, speaking to 400 students and faculty at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, said the United States unequivocally welcomes the rise of a prosperous and successful China that assumes a greater role in
21 August 2011 Biden Says U.S. and China Working for Economic Growth, Security Vice President Biden told Chinese university students that China and the United States are working together to promote greater economic growth that is sustainable and balanced and trade that is free and fair. A March U.S. Congressional Research Service analysis of the U.S. and Chinese economies says that the two trading partners are the largest and second-largest economies in the world, though the U.S. economy is three times larger than that of China.
18 August 2011 Biden, China’s Xi Discuss Range of Issues with Focus on Economy Vice President Biden held talks with Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in Beijing on bilateral, regional and global issues, with a special focus on global economic recovery.
17 August 2011 Biden to Meet with High-Ranking Chinese Officials in Beijing Vice President Biden flew to Beijing August 17 for a five-day official visit as the guest of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping and was greeted by a host of officials led by Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.
06 July 2011 U.S.-China Panel Aims to Improve Trade Opportunities Representatives of the U.S. and China explored trade issues and open-market opportunities to help both countries grow sustainably at a recent meeting in Washington. The midyear review of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade allowed the nations to analyze their trade and investment relationship, identify key policy concerns and prepare for the 2011 JCCT plenary meeting hosted by China later this year.
03 June 2011 Message on 22nd Anniversary of Tiananmen Square "We encourage China to protect the universal human rights of all its citizens, including those who peacefully express political views. We also renew our call for the release of all those detained, forcibly disappeared, or placed under house arrest in recent months as China has taken actions that are inconsistent with universally recognized rights."
09 May 2011 Biden: U.S., China Relationship Will Shape 21st Century As U.S. and Chinese leaders meet in Washington for the third U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Vice President Biden said that given the importance of the world’s two largest economies’ cooperation on trade issues, climate change, security and other challenges, their relationship will help shape the 21st century.
13 April 2011 U.S. Policy Toward the People's Republic of China Statement by Daniel Kritenbrink, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, before the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission.
12 April 2011 U.S.-China CPE Cooperation on the 100,000 Strong Initiative Fact sheet by the U.S. Department of State
08 February 2011 United States, China Partner to Fight Nuclear Threats The United States and China pledged to cooperate on combating nuclear proliferation and enhancing nuclear security during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s recent visit to Washington.
12 August 2009 Trade Panel Tells China to Allow More U.S. Entertainment Imports A World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute-settlement panel upheld a United States claim against China, saying China has not acted consistently with its international trade obligations because it places restrictions on the import and distribution of U.S. films, music, books and other copyrighted products. The decision could reduce the market for counterfeit and pirated products in China.
28 July 2009 U.S. Tells China Climate Change Is National Security Priority The State Department's top climate change envoy says U.S. officials meeting with their Chinese counterparts in Washington are conveying the importance of climate change for U.S. national security, and he predicts that, despite difficulties, the world’s two largest economies ultimately will reach an agreement.
27 July 2009 Global Challenges Require Robust U.S.-China Partnership President Obama says the relationship between the United States and China is as important as any bilateral relationship in the world, and calls on both countries to work together to face common challenges such as the global financial crisis, climate change, nuclear weapons proliferation and violent extremism.
27 July 2009 United States, China Laying the Foundation for the Future The United States and China are laying a foundation and a framework for future talks across a wide spectrum of issues from the global economic crisis to nuclear nonproliferation, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says. "We are laying brick by brick the foundation of a stronger relationship, improving lines of communication, increasing understanding, setting priorities and creating a work plan," Clinton said at the opening of the two-day U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington.
23 July 2009 Common Goals for U.S., China at Strategic and Economic Dialogue Washington will host hundreds of high-level Chinese officials meeting with their U.S. counterparts July 27 and July 28, marking the beginning of a new strategy for closer ties between the United States and China. The first U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue will set the stage for ongoing cooperation on a range of bilateral, regional and global issues. The dialogue is expected to focus on the economy, climate change and regional security, according to five senior administration officials at a press briefing July 23, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
12 June 2009 China, United States Can Cooperate to Reduce CO2 Emissions Representatives of China and the U.S. have completed open and candid discussions in Beijing "about what needs to be done on both sides to advance toward a successful outcome" at the U.N. climate change meeting in Copenhagen in December, U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern told reporters in Washington June 12.
• Remarks by Todd Stern, Special Envoy for Climate Change
03 June 2009 Message on the Twentieth Anniversary of Tiananmen Square On this the 20th anniversary of the violent suppression of demonstrations in Tiananmen Square by Chinese authorities, we should remember the tragic loss of hundreds of innocent lives and reflect upon the meaning of the events that preceded that day.
25 March 2009 China Modernizing Its Military Power, Pentagon Says China's military modernization program has made considerable progress in building and fielding credible and capable military power with regional and strategic implications, a new Pentagon report says.
11 March 2009 U.S.-China Partnership Faces Formidable Agenda, Says Clinton The U.S. and China face a formidable agenda, says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, pledging to work with China to address common challenges and seize common opportunities.
21 February 2009 Toward a Deeper and Broader Relationship With China Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remarks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Beijing.
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