Fact Sheet
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 10, 2014

On the occasion of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) July 9-10, 2014, the United States and China agreed to, among other things:

Catalyze action to address climate change: Recognizing the urgent need for ambitious action to combat climate change, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Lew, and their Chinese counterparts State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang chaired a special Joint Session on Climate Change. Taking concrete steps to tackle climate change and air pollution in both countries, the United States and China launched eight demonstration projects – four on carbon capture, utilization, and storage, and four on smart grids - under the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG). They also announced a new initiative on climate change and forests, and a study on reducing emissions from industrial boilers.

Enhanced cooperation on nonproliferation: Recognizing the common threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, the United States and China agreed to establish a joint working group to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and related technologies.

Reaffirm commitment to military-to-military relations: Senior civilian and military officials used the July 8 Strategic Security Dialogue to enhance mutual understanding and trust by candidly discussing some of the most sensitive issues in the bilateral relationship. Our two militaries agreed to develop relations by building a sustained and substantive defense dialogue, explore practical areas of cooperation, and enhance risk reduction measures. They also agreed to include U.S. Coast Guard and China’s maritime law enforcement agencies in an air and maritime rules of behavior working group.

Facilitate travel for tourism, study, and business: In recognition of the importance of travel and tourism to the two countries’ economies, the United States and China committed to explore new proposals to significantly extend reciprocal visa validity for tourists, short-term business travelers, and students.

Combat wildlife trafficking: Secretary of State John Kerry, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong, and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi announced their countries’ shared commitment to combat trafficking of wildlife and wildlife products by strengthening domestic laws and enforcement tools. To improve coordination, they agreed to increase interaction among wildlife enforcement networks, build public-private partnerships to combat wildlife trafficking, and strengthen public understanding of the harmful effects of the illegal wildlife trade on ecosystems and economic development. The United States and China also agreed to continue supporting international law enforcement efforts, including Operation Cobra.

Denuclearization on the Korea Peninsula: The two sides reaffirmed the importance of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner and committed to full implementation of relevant UN Security Council resolutions. The United States and China also called on all sides to create the conditions necessary for resumption of the Six-Party Talks.

Promote resolution of the Syrian conflict: The two countries restated their support for the Geneva Communique, and the work of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and stressed the need for the international community to provide support to alleviate the suffering of Syrian refugees and internally displaced persons. The United States and China called on all parties in the conflict to seek an early ceasefire and the cessation of all violence, to avoid civilian casualties, and to resume negotiations as soon as possible.

Call on Iran to fulfill its obligations: The United States and China remain committed to actively support the P5+1 process in seeking a comprehensive, long-term solution to Iran’s nuclear program. Both sides called on Iran to fulfill its international non-proliferation obligations and to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The two countries reaffirmed the importance fully implementing UN Security Council resolutions 1696, 1737, 1803, 1835, and 1929.

Support for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan: The United States and China will explore opportunities for further cooperation to support political stability and economic revitalization in Afghanistan. They also committed to continue the joint diplomatic training program for Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials and to work together to support regional cooperation efforts such as the Istanbul Process.

Improve global health: Reflecting our common interest in promoting global health, the United States and China agreed to strengthen dialogue and exchanges on healthcare reform, malaria control, non-communicable diseases, and emerging infectious diseases. In support of these initiatives, the two governments will support workshops and high-level summits; strengthen the capacity of other countries in preventing and controlling malaria; develop a public-private platform to enable private sector leadership for health promotion; and participate in the Global Health Security Agenda.