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Earlier in the day, Wang and US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson wrapped up the June 17-18 SED meeting in Annapolis, Maryland.

Participants of the meeting included minister-level officials and other senior officials from the two governments.

U.S. President George W. Bush (R) meets with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the White House, June 18, 2008. Bush applauded the results of the fourth Sino-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) that concluded earlier in the day.

US President George W. Bush (R) meets with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan in the White House, June 18, 2008. (Xinhua Photo)

Both sides signed a 10-year energy and environment cooperation framework after the two-day meeting.

Wang also met with Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in Washington Wednesday.

The Chinese vice premier said China attaches great importance to its relationship with the IMF and is willing to continue to work with the IMF based on mutual understanding and mutual respect.

Strauss-Kahn said China is playing an increasingly important role in the global economy.

He said the relationship between China and the IMF is very important and he hopes to strengthen it.

(Xinhua News Agency June 19, 2008)

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