Special Report: 30th Anniversary of Sino-U.S. Diplomatic
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R) meets
with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) in Beijing,
China, Feb. 21, 2009.(Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- China and the United
States on Saturday agreed to establish a dialogue on strategic and economic
issues and pledged to work together to tackle the global financial crisis and
The agreement came out of a flurry of meetings
between Chinese leaders and visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on
"Now it is more important than anytime in the past to
deepen and develop China-U.S. relations amid the spreading financial crisis and
increasing global challenges," Chinese President Hu Jintao told Clinton.
Saying the relations were "among the most important
bilateral relations in the world," Hu proposed both countries work closely to
address international financial crisis and tackle climate change and other
global challenges so as to seek a sound and smooth growth of bilateral ties.
Clinton told Hu she felt like a beginning of "a new
era" of bilateral relations characterized by "positive cooperation."
Clinton's visit to Beijing, the last leg of her
inaugural overseas trip, marked the beginning of face-to-face diplomacy between
the two countries since the Obama administration took office last month.
"This morning I and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
agreed in principle to a strategic and economic dialogue between our two
countries that we will work on with the hope of having you and President Obama
formally announce it in London," Clinton said.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao (1st R) meets
with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (1st L) in Beijing,
China, Feb. 21, 2009.(Xinhua/Liu Weibing)
The dialogue will be built on the earlier Strategic
Economic Dialogue, initiated during the Bush administration.
Another existing senior-level dialogue at vice
ministerial level was also incorporated in the new dialogue.
Clinton said she and Treasury Secretary Timothy
Geithner will be involved in the fresh mechanism.
"The integration of earlier dialogues into one
signaled the Obama administration's intention to fully advance economic,
strategic and security ties rather than focus too much on economy," said Zhu
Feng, a scholar with Peking University's International Studies School.
"World events have given us a full and formidable
agenda," Clinton told the press following the 100-minute talks with her Chinese
counterpart Saturday morning.
"We discussed the matters of bilateral concerns and
spent a great deal of time on the array of global problems that both countries
face together and we can work together to solve."
One of the key areas both agreed on was to fight the
global financial crisis.
"We appreciated the efforts of the U.S. government to
stimulate the economy and tackle the financial crisis," Yang said.
Yang said China's 4-trillion-yuan (about 580 billion
U.S. dollars) stimulus package would help ensure the growth of China's economy,
which is the country's biggest contribution to addressing the global financial
"Facts proved that both countries had worked very
well in dealing with the crisis. We would like to work more closely with the
Clinton said, "We have every reason to believe the
United States and China will recover, and together we will help lead the world
Both confirmed that the two presidents will meet on
the sidelines of a G20 summit in London in April, the first since Obama took
office last month.
She thanked China for its "continued confidence in
China replaced Japan as the top holder of U.S.
treasury debt last September, with its overall holding hitting 585 billion U.S.
dollars, according to U.S. Treasury data.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R)
shakes hand with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in
Beijing, China, Feb. 21, 2009. Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on
Friday evening, kicking off her visit to China. (Xinhua
Yang said China did use foreign exchange reserves to
buy U.S. treasury bonds. "We will continue to ensure reserves' safety and
liquidity when deciding on the ways and means of deploying the country's about
two-trillion-U.S. dollar foreign exchange reserves in the future."
Yang accepted Clinton's invitation to visit the
United States in March.
On climate changes, Yang and Clinton agreed to work
for a successful Copenhagen conference scheduled for December 2009.
"The cooperation on energy resources and
environmental protection is significant to the bilateral ties," Yang said.
Clinton said the U.S. and China will build "an
important partnership" to develop clean energy technologies and speed up the
transition to a low carbon economy.
Later Saturday, Clinton visited a clean thermal power
plant built with General Electric and Chinese technology, which Clinton hailed
as "an example of Chinese and American cooperation to produce heat and energy
from a new technique that reduce much less emission."
In coincidence with Clinton's visit, Chinese Defense
Ministry on Saturday announced both countries would hold an annual mid-level
military-to-military meeting later February, a sign of resumed bilateral
Clinton will also meet with Chinese women
representatives and go to church before concluding her week-long Asia trip
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi
(2nd L) holds talks with visiting U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
(2nd R) in Beijing, China, Feb. 21, 2009. Hillary Clinton arrived in
Beijing on Friday evening, kicking off her visit to China.(Xinhua
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relationship" with China
February 20 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met U.S. Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton Saturday morning, both pledging to upgrade bilateral
ties in dealing with common challenges.
"As we start the new administration of President Obama, we
want to deepen and broaden our relationship," said Clinton who arrived here
Friday night after her tour to Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, and Japan. Full story
FM: China to have human rights
dialogue with U.S.
BEIJING, February 21 (Xinhua) -- China will conduct
dialogues on human rights issues with the U.S. on the basis of mutual respect
and noninterference in each other's internal affairs, said Chinese Foreign
Minister Yang Jiechi on Saturday.
"Although differences exist, China is willing to conduct
the dialogues with the U.S. to push forward the human rights situation on the
premise of mutual respect and noninterference in each other's internal affairs,"
Yang said. Full story
China stresses security, liquidity
when deploying forex reserves
BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- China on Saturday reaffirmed
its efforts to ensure security and liquidity when deploying foreign exchange
"We did use foreign exchange reserves to buy U.S. treasury
bonds. Our principle of using reserves is to ensure security and liquidity,"
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told the press following talks with U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Full story
Chinese President to meet with Obama
BEIJING, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao
will meet for the first time with U.S. President Barack Obama during a G20
summit in London in April, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here
The meeting between Chinese President Hu Jintao and US
President Barack Obama will be of great significance, Yang said, adding that
both countries are to make earnest preparation for the meeting. Full story
China, U.S. to hold defense
BEIJING, Feb. 21
(Xinhua) -- China and the United States are to hold an annual work meeting of
their defense ministries this month, a spokesman of the Chinese Defense Ministry
said in a news release.
David Sedney, U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense,
will visit China from Feb. 27 to 28 for a meeting with the head of the Foreign
Affairs Office of the Ministry of Defense of China. Full story
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton arrives for China visit
BEIJING, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton arrived in Beijing on Friday evening, kicking off her first
visit to China since she took office.
Clinton was greeted by Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister
Liu Jieyi at the airport. Full story
Expert: Effective U.S.-China co-op on
climate change can increase mutual trust
WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States and
China can increase mutual trust over long-term intentions through effective
cooperation on critical global issues such as climate change, a noted China
Although the U.S.-China relationship has made much
progress in the past 30 years, mutual mistrust over each other's long-term
intentions remains deep, said Professor Kenneth Lieberthal from the University
of Michigan. Full story
Commentary: China, U.S. should enahnce
mutual trust, co-op to tackle global
BEIJING, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton's China tour scheduled for Friday is an important high-level
visit since the Obama administration took office. At this new historic juncture,
the two countries should stick to the right direction of their constructive
cooperation and push their bilateral ties further forward. Full story
Hillary Clinton highlights Asia, China
in first major speech
NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- In her first major policy
speech as U.S. secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday attached
great importance to developing stronger relations and having closer cooperation
with Asian countries, in particular China. Full story