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.
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
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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 +.
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).
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 »
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 »
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 »
More: Photos From the Trip | Details of Travel
On his first visit to China as Secretary of State on April 13-14, 2013, John Kerry met with the top echelon of China’s new leadership. During his 24-hour visit, the Secretary conferred with President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, State Councilor Yang Jiechi, and Foreign Minister Wang Yi. At the top of the bilateral agenda was the subject of North Korea, and the two sides underscored their commitment to the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Both sides also articulated a vision of how a stronger economic partnership between the two most powerful economies in the world can play a key… more »
Richard Buangan serves as Director of Digital Engagement at the U.S. Department of State.
Followers of @StateDept watched the State Department’s Twitter account surpass 500,000 followers this week, and also saw Secretary of State John Kerry wage a friendly bet with his Canadian counterpart, Foreign Minister John Baird, on whether the U.S. women’s team would beat Canada’s team in the women’s world hockey championship. The U.S. team won the game, and Foreign Minister Baird made good on the bet, offering Secretary Kerry a case of Canadian beer during the G-8 Foreign Ministers Meeting in London.
Secretary Kerry departed London today for East Asia, where he will visit the Republic of Korea, followed by travel to China and Japan. And, during his travel, you’ll discover more reasons to follow our websites and social media properties. First, we are pleased to announce our new U.S. Department of State Live webpage, where you’ll be able to watch the State Department’s daily press briefings, major speeches by the Secretary of State, and more. Tune in on Sunday, April 14 at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT, when Secretary Kerry delivers remarks on U.S. engagement in the Asian-Pacific region. Our@StateDeptLive account will be tweeting the Secretary’s remarks live, and we’ll be releasing the latest photographs from his trip on Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr.
You can also follow @StateDept and @eAsiaMediaHub for more details on the Secretary’s travel and go to the websites of our embassies in the Republic of Korea,China, and Japan for more on U.S. diplomacy in the region.