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Economy, relations top dialogue agenda

05-24-2010 18:53 BJT

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The second round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue between China and the United States is underway in Beijing. A strong, stable recovery of the world economy and improved bilateral ties are some of the key issues in the two-day talks. Both sides are expected to use the discussions to clear away misgivings and improve trust.

The two-hundred-strong U.S. delegation has a long wish list. And China the host has always wanted to maintain stable ties and frequent dialogue with the US.

Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo co-chaired the meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasure Secretary Timothy Guithner.

In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony, President Hu Jintao said sound bilateral ties contribute to peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia Pacific Region and the world.

Hu Jintao, Chinese President, said, "Both China and the US are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and China and US are respectively the biggest developing country and the biggest developed country. We are facing the same issue and share common responsibilities, both for pushing for a quick recovery and sustainable development of world economy, and for managing regional hotspots and safeguarding world peace and security."

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