At about 9:00 a.m., the Secretary participated in the Opening Plenary Session of the U.S. – China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with President Obama and Secretary Geithner. Also, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo addressed at the opening session of the two-day meeting as well.
Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner released an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on Sunday entitled, "A New Strategic and Economic Dialogue with China: Few global problems can be solved by either country alone..." The article outlines their plan for the two day meeting with China in Washington, but also a broader adgenda for the future.
"Simply put, few global problems can be solved by the U.S. or China alone. And few can be solved without the U.S. and China together. The strength of the global economy, the health of the global environment, the stability of fragile states and the solution to nonproliferation challenges turn in large measure on cooperation between the U.S. and China. While our two-day dialogue will break new ground in combining discussions of both economic and foreign policies, we will be building on the efforts of the past seven U.S. administrations and on the existing tapestry of government-to-government exchanges and cooperation in several dozen different areas."Read the full article here.
The U.S. and China have become known as the "G-2" due to their preeminent size and geopolitical reach. They are to be tackling economic issues like the global financial crisis as well as encompassing global issues such as climate change, and regional ones such as North Korea, Afghanistan, and Pakistan during these sessions.
The Secretary also met with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo and other Principals upon arrival at the State Department on Monday, including having a private meeting with Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo.