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.
The Strategic and Economic Dialogue is a broad and high level exchange between the U.S. and Chinese governments. Discussions focus on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of strategic and economic importance in the immediate and long term.
The S&ED is held on an annual basis rotating between the countries. The purpose of the S&ED is for the U.S. and China to address our shared opportunities and challenges in the 21st century.
The first S&ED was held in Washington in 2009. This structure expands on the narrower Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) which was started in 2006.
Learn more about the S&ED:
On July 10-11, then-EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy participated in the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). In the Joint Session on Climate Change, McCarthy presented on U.S. regulation of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.
During the session, the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, established in April of 2013, agreed to five new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The Working Group is charged with developing implementation plans by October 2013 to:
- reduce emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles;
- promote carbon capture, utilization, and storage;
- increase energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation;
- improve greenhouse gas data collection and management; and
- promote smart grids.
McCarthy also hosted a side meeting on air quality with China’s Vice Minister for Environmental Protection Li Ganjie and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Lee Zak. The agencies committed to continue elevated cooperation on regional air quality pollution planning and control in China. The two sides will share best practices and work together to combat climate change through new pragmatic cooperation on heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; collecting and managing greenhouse gas data; and energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transport.
- View the full report of the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group
- View the full report on Outcomes of the Strategic Track
In May 2011, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, other Cabinet and Administration officials, and their Chinese counterparts.
- View documents and press releases from the 2011 S&ED.
As part of the 2011 S&ED, Administrator Jackson and China's Ministry of Environmental 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 and the National Development and Reform Commission.
- U.S Department of State: Strategic and Economic Dialogue
- U.S. Department of Treasury: Strategic and Economic Dialogue
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