Friday October 18, 2019

USCPF HELPS WELCOME CHINESE S&ED DELEGATION

July 11, 2013

On July 11, 2013, the U.S.-China Policy Foundation cooperated with the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, the U.S.-China Business Council, and other organizations to host a dinner welcoming China’s delegation to the fifth round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. China’s top two S&ED participants, Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, were the guests of honor along with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. The dinner was held at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, DC.

The fifth round of S&ED talks took place in Washington DC on July 10 and 11. In their remarks at the July 11 dinner, all four guests of honor praised the talks as productive while also emphasizing the need for patience and understanding of the many differences between the U.S. and China. Vice Premier Wang Yang summed up this attitude by using the Chinese folk saying, “You need a little patience to eat hot tofu.” All the speakers expressed optimism that U.S.-China relations will continue to develop along a positive path, a good start to the recently agreed-upon goal of creating a “new type great power relationship” between the U.S. and China.

USCPF was proud to participate in this special dinner welcoming the Chinese delegation to the S&ED. The S&ED remains one of the most important dialogue mechanisms between the U.S. and China, and we hope the platform will continue to foster productive and honest exchanges.

Video footage of the dinner, including the remarks by Wang Yang, Yang Jiechi, Pritzker, and Vilsack, is available on the NCUSCR website.

For further coverage of the S&ED dinner, please see the following sources:

China Daily – “S&ED provides a new roadmap for ties, says Wang”

Xinhua 新华 – “汪洋杨洁篪出席美国友好团体欢迎晚宴”