U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)
High-Level Commitment to Collaboration
Since its inception, President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao have placed the S&ED at the center of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship to address our shared opportunities and challenges in the 21st century. Discussion focuses on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of strategic and economic importance in the immediate and long-term.
On May 9, 2011, EPA participated in the third annual Strategic & Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in Washington, D.C.
- The S&ED is the broadest and highest level exchange between the U.S. and Chinese governments.
- The first S&ED was held in Washington in 2009 and the second in Beijing in 2010.
- The structure expands on the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) which was started under the previous administration.
At the third annual S&ED, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton, Treasury Secretary Geithner, other Cabinet and Administration officials, and their Chinese counterparts.
Administrator Jackson and China's Ministry of Environment Protection (MEP) Vice Minister Li Ganjie co-chaired a breakout session on Electronics Stewardship and Environmental Cooperation. This information exchange was part of a new dialogue on e-waste between EPA and MEP. Jackson was joined by representatives from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Energy, the agencies that serve on an Interagency Task Force on e-waste with EPA.
Administrator Jackson also offered remarks at a Plenary Session on EPA’s 30 years of environmental cooperation with China. EPA has an active Memorandum of Understanding with MEP and also works with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).
“Because we share many of the same challenges, the United States and China are stronger in addressing our shared environmental concerns together,” said Jackson.
Under the Ten Year Framework (TYF) on Energy and Environmental Cooperation, EPA has lead responsibility for action plans on clean water and clean air, in partnership with MEP. The TYF was started in 2008 as a set of environmental meetings extending from the original SED structure. EPA participated in the 7th TYF Working Group Meeting in April 2011.
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