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U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations‪‪

U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations‪‪

October 11, 2011 

Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai hosted Assistant Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell and Department of Defense Acting Assistant Secretary for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Peter R. Lavoy for the second U.S.-China Consultations on the Asia-Pacific on October 11 in Beijing.  The consultations are an outcome of the third U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in May. 

These were constructive discussions regarding each country’s policies, and actions in Asia and the Pacific.  The United States highlighted that, as an Asia-Pacific country with an abiding national interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the region, we are enhancing both our alliances, which are the cornerstone of our engagement in the Asia-Pacific, and our other partnerships in the region.  The United States reiterated it welcomes a strong, prosperous, and successful China that plays a greater role in regional and world affairs.  

The United States emphasized its support for strengthening the role of regional institutions.  In that context, the United States and China discussed ways for both countries to promote greater cooperation on regional challenges.  In particular, Assistant Secretary Campbell and Vice Foreign Minister Cui discussed their respective side’s objectives for the upcoming APEC Leaders Meeting in Hawaii and the East Asia Summit in Bali.  The two sides also discussed other Asia and Pacific issues with particular attention to North Korea, maritime security challenges in East Asia, South Asia and Burma. 

The U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations are similar to dialogues the United States holds with many other Asia-Pacific states and complement existing U.S.-China regional and other dialogues.  These dialogues enhance cooperation, contribute to better understanding between the United States and China, and promote regional stability.  The U.S. delegation consisted of representatives from the Departments of State and Defense and the National Security Staff.