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Opinion: China, US need higher-level meetings
By Niu Xinchun (China Daily)
Updated: 2005-08-11 06:11

The first round of a high-level strategic dialogue between China and the United States opened on August 1 in Beijing.

On behalf of their respective governments, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo and US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick attended the meeting where they exchanged candid and in-depth views on a range of bilateral, regional and international matters of common concern.

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo (R) and US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick shake hands before the first strategic dialogue in Beijing August 1, aiming to facilitate bilateral relations. The closed-door dialogue was co-chaired by Dai and Zoellick.[Xinhua]

The first ever high-level strategic dialogue between the world's largest developing and developed countries has attracted extensive interest in the wider international community.

Many are wondering if the first-ever strategic dialogue will be able to resolve past confrontations, and what influence the talks will have on bilateral and international relations.

At any time, talking through areas of friction is certainly the best course for two countries to take when their interests and concerns are intertwined.

The holding of the first round of the strategic dialogue demonstrates that Beijing and Washington still have a lot of room to develop the communication channel.
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