The following text was released as a joint press release following the 2013 U.S.–China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange in Washington, DC:
As part of our ongoing bilateral cooperation and the consensus reached by our two Presidents at last June’s Sunnylands summit, the two governments held the 4th U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington, DC, November 21. Both President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping sent letters of congratulation. The theme of this year’s CPE was “Youth and Innovation.” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hosted Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong as his co-chair for the plenary session of the 4th CPE and renewed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on China-U.S. High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange on behalf of their respective governments. In their remarks during the plenary session, both Secretary Kerry and Vice Premier Liu reviewed the CPE’s positive effect on people-to-people relations over the past three years and called for further people-to-people exchanges between our two countries to contribute to building a new model of U.S.-China relations.
The CPE working groups reviewed progress over the past year and discussed future cooperation in the fields of culture, education, science & technology, sports, and women’s issues. The working groups produced 75 joint outcomes aimed at future cooperation. The two sides agreed to continue our collaboration under the “Youth and Innovation” theme into 2014.