Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
July 17, 2009


The U.S. Departments of Treasury and State today announced that the first joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 27-28, 2009.

The Dialogue will focus on addressing the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global areas of immediate and long-term strategic and economic interests. This first meeting of the Dialogue will also set the stage for intensive, ongoing and future bilateral cooperative mechanisms.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will be joined for the Dialogue by their respective Chinese Co-Chairs, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan.

The schedule of press events will include but are not limited to an opening session on Monday, July 27 and a joint U.S.-China press conference on Tuesday, July 28. Further details regarding the agenda and additional press opportunities will be made available in the days ahead.

To apply for press credentials, click: http://guest.cvent.com/i.aspx?4W,M3,0b6fd000-036e-4121-8ce0-1f9fc9bb2620

**Important**

Please note that a White House, Congressional, Treasury and State Department press credential does not substitute for a Strategic and Economic Dialogue credential.

Press credentialing applications will be accepted until 6:00 PM ET, FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2009.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Office of Press Relations
U.S. Department of State
(202) 647-2492

Treasury Public Affairs
(202) 622-2960



PRN: 2009/751