Sunday October 20, 2019

THIRD ANNUAL STRATEGIC & ECONOMIC DIALOGUE (S&ED) TO BE HELD MAY 9-10, 2011

The third meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is scheduled to be held in Washington, D.C., May 9-10, 2011. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will host Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo for the annual comprehensive talks, covering a broad range of issues in the aim of fostering a positive and cooperative U.S.-China relationship for the 21st century.

The talks come amidst rising tensions over the recent crackdown on political dissidents in China and over economic issues relating to currency policy and the widening U.S. trade deficit. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Treasury pushed back the release of its semi-annual report on China’s currency and export policies, with the probable objective of mitigating tensions and promoting constructive dialogue during the bilateral talks. While the U.S. is likely to urge China to appreciate its currency more quickly, China will likely covey worries about the widening U.S. budget deficit and demand more access to the American high-tech industry. As currency and debt issues are expected to take the main stage at the talks, it is unlikely that the U.S. will push for dialogue on human rights. However, it should be noted that China and the United States will hold two days of talks on human rights next week in Beijing.