Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
will lead a high- level U.S. team next month for the first meeting of the
Strategic Economic Dialogue, the Treasury Department said on Tuesday.
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab,
Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Heath and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt,
Energy Secretary Sam Bodman and Stephen Johnson, head of the Environmental
Protection Agency, will also join in the delegation, said the department in a
The discussions, which will take place December 14-15 in Beijing, would cover
a range of issues including global growth, China's integration into the world
trading system, stable energy markets and cooperation between the two countries
on environmental issues, said the statement.
The U.S. delegation will also meet with Chinese President Hu Jintao, Premier
Wen Jiabao and Vice Premier Wu Yi, it added.