Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell hosted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai on October 23 for the fourth U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations in San Francisco, California. The consultations are an outcome of the U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
The two sides held constructive discussions regarding each country’s policies and actions in the Asia-Pacific region. The United States emphasized its support for working with China to strengthen the role of regional institutions in enhancing security and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. In that context, the United States and China discussed ways for both countries to promote greater cooperation on regional challenges, including through the East Asia Summit. The two sides also discussed pressing issues in the region, with particular attention to ongoing challenges with the DPRK and recent positive developments in Burma.
The U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations are similar to dialogues the United States holds with many other Asia-Pacific states and complement other existing U.S.-China dialogues. These dialogues enhance cooperation, contribute to better understanding between the United States and China, and promote regional stability. The U.S. delegation included representatives from the Departments of State and the National Security Staff.