Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell hosted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai March 12 for the third U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
The sides held constructive discussions regarding developments in the Asia-Pacific region. The United States reiterated its commitment to working together to build a cooperative partnership with China and welcomed China playing a more active and positive role in world affairs. Assistant Secretary Campbell and Vice Foreign Minister Cui discussed their respective side’s objectives for the next rounds of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue, Strategic Security Dialogue, and Consultation on People-to-People Exchange.
The United States emphasized its support for strengthening the role of regional institutions in Asia and its desire to work together with China to advance this goal. In that context, the United States and China discussed ways for both countries to promote greater cooperation on regional challenges. The two sides also discussed pressing issues in the region, with particular attention to North Korea and Burma.
The U.S. delegation included representatives from the Departments of State and Defense, and the National Security Staff.