U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently visited China on her first overseas trip to Asia. It is important for the U.S. and China to collaborate in the pursuit of security, peace, and economic prosperity said Secretary Clinton:
"The [Chinese] foreign minister [Yang Jiechi] and I had a wide-ranging discussion that started from a simple premise: it is essential that the United States and China have a positive, cooperative relationship."
A critical area for such collaboration is the global economic crisis. Both countries, said Secretary Clinton, must now lead in designing and implementing a global response to stabilize the world's economy. To facilitate this process, Secretary Clinton has invited Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to visit the U.S. in preparation for the April 2nd London Summit of G-20 leaders.
Another area of collaboration for the U.S. and China is the development and deployment of clean energy technologies in an effort to lower harmful carbon emissions.
The U.S. and China also face a wide range of security issues. China has already contributed in positive ways as chair of the Six-Party talks on the denuclearization of North Korea. Secretary Clinton announced that the U.S. and China will resume mid-level military-to-military discussions soon. The U.S. also looks forward to improved relations across the Taiwan Strait.
Both countries agreed to work together to combat extremism and promote stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan; to prevent Iran's pursuit of a nuclear weapons program; to advance the global counter-terrorism mission; and to pursue arms control and disarmament and stem the spread of weapons of mass destruction.
Even as the U.S. engages China on a broad range of issues, said Secretary Clinton, the U.S. "will have frank discussions on issues where we have disagreements, including human rights, Tibet, religious freedom, and freedom of expression. The promotion of human rights," said Secretary Clinton, "is an essential aspect of our global foreign policy, and something we discussed candidly with the Chinese leadership."
The United States and China face formidable global challenges. The U.S., said Secretary Clinton, "is committed to pursuing a positive, cooperative relationship with China, one that we believe is important for the future peace, progress, and prosperity for both countries and for the world."