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U.S. and China on Common Ground: Strategic and Economic Dialogue

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Once again, we see progress with the Obama Administration. In the area of foreign policy, today was a monumental day. In the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue was opened with its inaugural session.

In an op-ed piece published by the Wall Street Journal, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner explain the objectives of this historical dialogue. The collaborative connection between China and the U.S. is highlighted and emphasized as a significant venture for the global economy and the future of our world.

In a nutshell, there are three main modules of the larger area objectives:

  • Establishment of global economic recovery and sustainable global economic growth
  • Progress with the inseparable challenges of climate change, energy, and the environment
  • Achievement of globally favorable practices in the face of security and development challenges

Although this is an official dialogue opened between the U.S. and China, other nations will need to be engaged as these two work to discover viable solutions. Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner write, “few global problems can be solved by the U.S. or China alone. And few can be solved without the U.S. and China together.”

It will be interesting to watch the dialogue develop and unfold. How will these two nations work together? How will their coming together influence the rest of the world’s nations to unify toward global goals? Can we be as encouraged as to hope that human rights will be one of the details under “globally favorable practices in the face of security and development challenges”?

I take encouragement from a front-page article from China Daily. Despite the downplay by foreign press and various “experts,” some in China are seeing the dialogue as an important achievement.

I am optimistic for a progressive turn of events. There is light dawning at the end of a long, dark tunnel. Thank you, President Obama for carrying the torch.

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Written by Julie Pierce

July 27, 2009 at 6:59 pm

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  1. I used to communicate daily with a colleague in Beijing by Twitter. He recently emailed me to say that the Chinese government had shut off access to Twitter, FaceBook,, Google Search, and other online services. So I’m not sure that human rights will be achieved soon in China, at least as I, a US citizen,, think of human rights.

    Suzanne Alexandra

    July 27, 2009 at 7:28 pm

    • I hear you. I don’t think any change in any government will be quick. Progress is progress, even if it’s slow. And you make a good point: what freedom and human rights mean to us may look different from a different perspective. It’s all relative, as they say. Thanks for your comment.


      July 27, 2009 at 7:33 pm

  2. I truly enjoy this blog. Discovered it on Google and you posted some great info. Look forward to the next post.

    Taunya Langfeldt

    March 6, 2010 at 11:41 am

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