First US Senior Officials ‘Dialogue’ Held US-China

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The United States and China will for the first time hold a high-level "dialogue" on the broader issues in Washington this week, which will shape the agenda of the two big countries over the next few years.

The US-China Economic and Strategy Dialogue was held Monday (27/7) and Tuesday (28/7), focusing on bilateral, regional and global challenges in economic and foreign policy issues, in addition to climate change.

The two largest developed economies will discuss the global financial and economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression, and what steps are being taken to restore and reform the financial system.

The policies undertaken by the two countries, the North Korean nuclear program, the war in Afghanistan, the health and infectious diseases among the issues to be raised in the negotiations.

A senior US official said the issue of human rights, indeed, will also be discussed, particularly regarding Tibet and unrest in China.

The United States, the world's largest energy consumer, and China, the largest carbon dioxide-causing greenhouse gas producer – are also working to address the complex problem in terms of climate change and energy programs.

More than 180 countries will be negotiating on a new climate change deal at the Copenhagen conference in December to replace the Kyoto Protocol.

Launched by President Barack Obama and President Hu Jintao in April, the joint meeting is aimed at bringing senior officials into intensive, in-depth discussions to strengthen the understanding and cooperation of both countries.

The Obama administration said the first meeting was also aimed at laying the groundwork for the Economic and Strategic Dialogue (S & ED) meetings, which will be held annually in the respective capital of the country in turn. The meeting will discuss the formation of future bilateral cooperation mechanisms.

The S & ED replaced and expanded the Strategic Economic Dialogue set up by former president George W. Bush in 2006.

Obama, who gave China a high priority since taking power six months ago, will deliver the opening speech at a meeting Monday (27/7). (kpl / riz)

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