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First Lady Michelle Obama just met some pandas, and it is everything.

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First Lady Michelle Obama just met some pandas, and it is everything.

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Sharing a moment at the Great Wall.
See more from the First Lady’s trip to China.

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Sharing a moment at the Great Wall.

See more from the First Lady’s trip to China.

Secretary Kerry traveled to China today. These bowls commemorate our very important relationship. The bowl on the top was created in 1784 to mark the United States’ first trade mission to China. The bowl on the bottom was created in 2008 to celebrate the opening of our new Embassy in Beijing. These images are courtesy of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

Secretary Kerry traveled to China today. These bowls commemorate our very important relationship. The bowl on the top was created in 1784 to mark the United States’ first trade mission to China. The bowl on the bottom was created in 2008 to celebrate the opening of our new Embassy in Beijing. These images are courtesy of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms.

Together, China and the United States account for more than 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions which means that we can have the biggest impact on slowing ‪climate change. Read more in Secretary Kerry‬’s Op-Ed on ThinkProgress.

Together, China and the United States account for more than 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions which means that we can have the biggest impact on slowing ‪climate change. Read more in Secretary Kerry‬’s Op-Ed on ThinkProgress.

Secretary Kerry delivers remarks at the opening sessions of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, U.S. Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Yang Jiechi, and Vice Premier of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yang at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on July 10, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/07/211773.htm

China and the U.S. will continue to set the example as the two most powerful economies, the two countries with the greatest global reach, and the greatest ability to able to affect the outcome of a life on this planet.
Secretary Kerry at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, July 10, 2013
Your “Special Access” Pass to the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue

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The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury are hosting the fifth round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C. this week, and we’re giving you unprecedented access. You can watch events live on video.state.gov/live (please see the schedule below).

We are pleased to announce our first-ever “Facebook Special Access” event, which will provide fans of the State Department’s Facebook page a chance to submit their questions and comments on U.S.-China engagement.  You can also follow the S&ED on Twitter from @StateDept and @USTreasury, Flickr, YouTube, and Google +.

And if you want to follow in Chinese, U.S. Embassy Beijing has you covered on Weibo and Twitter from @USA_China_Talk and @USA_Zhongwen!

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Schedule

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • 9:00 a.m. EDT: Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of the Treasury Jack  Lew, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Vice Premier Wang Yang participate in the S&ED Joint Opening Session.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

  • 10:15 a.m. EDT: Secretary Kerry and State Councilor Yang participate in the Strategic Track Plenary Session.
  • 11:30 a.m. EDT: Secretary Kerry and State Councilor Yang participate in the Eco-Partnership Event.
  • 5:30 p.m. EDT: Secretary Kerry, Secretary Lew, State Councilor Yang, and Vice Premier Wang participate in U.S.-China Closing Statements at the Department of Treasury (streaming on treasury.gov).
  • 6:10 p.m. EDT: Secretary Kerry and Secretary Lew participate in the U.S. Press Conference (streaming on treasury.gov).
U.S.-China Governors Forum Serves as Platform for U.S.-China Cooperation

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, left, prepares to shake hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing April 15, 2013. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as the Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

As John Kerry concluded earlier this week his first visit to China as Secretary of State, a delegation of U.S. governors arrived in Beijing to advance U.S.-China economic cooperation at the local level. Iowa Governor Terry Branstad led the delegation to the third U.S.-China Governors Forum (the Forum), which included Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. 

I supported the U.S. governors’ delegation at the Forum, which was co-convened by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chinese Peoples’ Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) in Beijing and Tianjin, April 15-16. The three U.S. governors and five Chinese provincial leaders discussed economic and trade cooperation and environmental management… more »

California Commits to Cooperation on Environment, Trade and Investment With China’s Largest Province

California Governor Jerry Brown presents Guangdong Governor Zhu Xiaodan with a bottle of California olive oil following the friendly relations MOU signing ceremony in Guangzhou, China, on April 15, 2013.  The author of this blog is on the far left, bottom row. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jennifer Zimdahl Galt is the U.S. Consul General in Guangzhou, China.

Recognizing the long history and deep ties between California and Guangdong dating back to the 1800’s, I was excited to support Governor Brown’s visit to Guangdong and to have played a role in bringing together the United States’ largest state by population and economy and China’s largest province.

In Guangzhou, Governor Brown was warmly greeted by the leaders of Guangdong, including Party Secretary Hu Chunhua and Governor Zhu Xiaodan, as the delegation from California inked agreements in Guangdong to deepen their ties and to work together on low carbon economic development. Chinese business representatives attending a breakfast in Guangzhou hosted by American Chamber (AmCham) South China on April 15 were visibly moved when they heard Governor Brown talk about how the first wave of intrepid Chinese immigrants to California overcame tremendous odds and obstacles and… more »

California and China Bolster Economic Ties and Cooperation

California Gov. Jerry Brown, center, with his wife Anne Brown, left, unveils the emblem for the California-China Office of Trade and Investment with Hu Wenjun, deputy director of Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce, right, during the official opening ceremony on April 12, 2013 in Shanghai, China. [AP Photo]

About the Author: Reta Jo Lewis serves as the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs.

Today, California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. concluded a highly successful trade and investment mission to China in the port city of Shenzhen. Multimillion-dollar business deals between Chinese and Californian companies were announced during the visit.

At an April 10 reception at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing hosted by Ambassador Gary Locke, Governor Brown announced a $1.5 billion investment partnership between a California-based developer and a China-based investor and developer that will create thousands of California jobs. “This massive influx of Chinese investment will put thousands of Californians to work and dramatically improve Oakland’s waterfront,” said Governor Brown.

Governor Brown described this trade mission as a first step toward improved relations between… more »