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China, US start annual dialogue on bilateral ties

Xinhua | Updated: 2013-07-11 10:08

WASHINGTON - The fifth round of the China-US Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) started on Wednesday, as the two-day event will see leading officials from more than 20 departments and ministries of both countries talk on a wide range of topics covering political, security, economic and financial issues.

Acting as special representatives of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang and State Councilor Yang Jiechi will co-chair the dialogue with US President Barack Obama's special representatives Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew.

Wang and Lew will co-chair the economic track talks, while Yang and Kerry will co-host the strategic track talks.

Speaking at the joint opening session of the S&ED, US Vice President Joe Biden said the two countries have their disagreements. "But if we are straightforward, clear and predictable with one another, we can find solutions that work for both of us."

As US and Chinese economies are increasingly interconnected, dialogue is better than confrontation and is important for both countries, Wang said at the event.

Good cooperation between China and the United States, the biggest developing country and biggest developed country respectively, "can serve as an anchor for world peace and stability and an engine for prosperity and development," he said.

Xi and Obama met in California in June and reached consensus to build a new type of relations between major countries.

"Our job, in this forum of the S&ED, is to turn the important agreement between the two presidents into tangible outcomes and add substances to this new model of major country relationship so as to bring benefits to the people of the two countries and the world around," Wang said.

The S&ED has served as an important platform for the two countries to enhance mutual trust, expand cooperation and manage differences, he said, adding that over the past four years, the two sides have had close communication and candid discussions on issues of long-term strategic and overarching importance.

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