China and the United States wrapped up the third round of China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) here on Tuesday. The following is the full text of the outcomes of the strategic track of the S&ED this year:
China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue 2011 Outcomes of the Strategic Track
May 10, 2011
At the Strategic Track under the framework of the Third Round of the China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held on May 9-10, 2011, the two sides discussed major bilateral, regional and global issues. The two sides commented positively on the progress in China-U.S. relations since President Hu Jintao's state visit to the United States in January 2011, reaffirmed their commitment to the Jan. 19, 2011 U.S.-China Joint Statement, and in accordance with the Joint Statement, committed to nurture and deepen bilateral strategic trust and work together to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. The discussions produced 48 specific outcomes. The United States and China:
I. Promoting High-level Exchanges
1. Decided to work together to make thorough preparations for bilateral high-level exchanges in coming months. Both Presidents look forward to meeting again this year. The two sides decided that upcoming meetings such as the G20 Summit, the East Asia Summit, and the U.S.-hosted APEC leaders' meeting provide further opportunities for high-level engagement. China welcomed Vice President Biden's upcoming visit to China. The United States welcomed a subsequent visit by Vice President Xi Jingping.
II. Bilateral Dialogues and Consultations
2. Announced the establishment of the China-U.S. Strategic Security Dialogue (SSD) under the Strategic Track of the S&ED, and held the inaugural round of the SSD in a candid and constructive atmosphere during the 3rd round of the S&ED. U.S. side participants in the SSD included Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg, Under Secretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General James Cartwright, Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, and Commander, U.S. Pacific Command Admiral Robert Willard; on the Chinese side, participants included Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun and PLA Deputy Chief of the General Staff General Ma Xiaotian.
3. Acknowledged that the two sides share a wide range of common interests with a shared goal of maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region, and decided to establish a U.S.-China consultation on the Asia-Pacific. The two sides intend to hold the first round at the earliest time this year.
4. Recognized the importance of ties between the peoples of the United States and China and the role they play in strengthening the overall bilateral relationship and applauded the outcomes of the U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange led by Secretary Clinton and State Councilor Liu Yandong, such as the "100,000 Strong" Initiative and the U.S.-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (Women-LEAD).
5. Noted the conclusion of the recent bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in China, reaffirmed their commitment to continuing constructive bilateral dialogue on human rights on the basis of equality and mutual respect, and announced their intention to hold the next round of the Human Rights Dialogue next year in Washington, D.C..
6. Decided to hold the next round of the Legal Experts Dialogue in Washington D.C. in June 2011.
7. Before the next round of the S&ED, decided to hold a new round of sub-dialogues on: policy planning, Africa, Latin America, South Asia and Central Asia, and to enhance bilateral coordination and cooperation on regional and international issues.
8. Decided to hold the 8th U.S.-China Counterterrorism consultation this year.