China, U.S. prepare for annual meeting
                 English.news.cn | 2014-07-08 00:11:18 | Editor: yan

BEIJING, July 7 (Xinhua) -- High-ranking officials from China and U.S. will meet in Beijing this week for annual dialogue and consultation to increase mutual trust, reduce differences and boost the new model of major-country relationship.

Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zheng Zeguang made the comment at a press briefing ahead of the sixth China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) and the fifth China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) on July 9 and 10.

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the events and deliver a speech. Xi and Premier Li Keqiang will then meet the U.S. delegations.

The CPE will be co-chaired by Vice Premier Liu Yandong and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry while the S&ED will be co-chaired by Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, as well as Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

The two countries will further substantiate the new model of major-country relationship, Zheng said.

The strategic dialogue covers a wide range of topics of domestic and foreign policy, including climate change, science and innovation, Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping and the illegal trade in animals and plants, as well as interactions in the Asia-Pacific.

Prior to the talks, both countries will hold the fourth strategic and security dialogue, co-chaired by Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns.

Top of the economic agenda is stability in China-U.S. relations, Vice Minister of Finance Zhu Guangyao told reporters.

Zhu said 18 economic and financial department chiefs from the U.S. and 17 Chinese counterparts will attend the dialogue, focused on the macro economy, trade and investment cooperation and transnational regulations.

Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping said both sides will summarize cooperation in education, science, culture, sports, women and youth exchanges and explore future cooperation potential.

Zheng said U.S. statements and deeds on maritime disputes and cyber security had a negative impact on bilateral ties, but China has made its stance clear to the U.S. and taken necessary action.

As this year marks the 35th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, the interests of China and the U.S. are increasingly intertwined. China is willing to cooperate with the U.S. on trade and investment, anti-terrorism, climate change, energy security and regional hotspots, Zheng said.

"As long as both sides respect and treat each other equally and act in a constructive manner, the differences will be well managed and bilateral ties will be on the right track," Zheng said.

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