China, US to hold strategic, economic dialogue: spokesman   2010-05-18 15:43:28 FeedbackPrintRSS

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BEIJING, May 18 (Xinhua) -- Senior officials from China and the United States will hold a new round of dialogue on strategic and economic issues in Beijing next week, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao's special representatives, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, will co-chair the meeting on May 24 and 25 with U.S. President Barack Obama's special representatives, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

"The two sides will exchange in-depth views on a broad range of strategic and long-term issues of overall importance that concern the development of the two countries," spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said at a regular briefing.

China-U.S. relations had improved and developed recently through joint efforts, said Ma, citing the successful meeting between Hu and Obama, at which they reached a new and important consensus on bilateral ties.

Hu met with Obama in Washington on April 12 shortly after his arrival for the Nuclear Security Summit, the first meeting this year between the two. Their previous meeting was last November when Obama visited China.

The second round of dialogue on strategic and economic issues between China and the United States is particularly important and conducive to strengthening understanding, increasing mutual trust and boosting cooperation, Ma said.

"We would like to work with the U.S. side to seriously implement the consensus reached by the two state leaders, strengthen dialogue, exchanges and cooperation in accordance with the principles laid out in China-U.S. three joint communiques and the China-U.S. Joint Statement and respect each other's core interests and major concerns to promote the continuous development of bilateral ties in an active, cooperative and comprehensive manner," he said.

The first round of China-U.S. dialogue on strategic and economic issues was held in Washington, July, 2009.

Editor: Han Jingjing
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