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China plans to send food and product inspectors to U.S.(06/18/08)

   ANNAPOLIS, United States, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China plans to send food safety and product quality inspectors to the United States as a reciprocal move to a similar U.S. proposal, a senior Chinese official said here Tuesday.

    Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the fourth round of the China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue, or SED, Li Changjiang, minister of China's General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), said the proposal to send U.S. food safety and product quality inspectors to China was first raised by U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt at the 3rd SED last December.

    "Based on the principal of reciprocity, China plans to station food safety and product quality personnel at its embassy and consulates in the United States at necessary times," he said.

    Li said the U.S. and China are processing the plan and China is waiting for a final "go-ahead" signal from U.S. authorities.

    Like the previous SED, the issue about food safety and product quality is incorporated into the agenda of the meeting, because the issue is closely related to the healthy development of Sino-U.S. trade, Li said.

    The discussions this time focused on the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and AQSIQ last year to enhance the safety of food and feed exported to the United States, according to Li.

    The minister is a member of the delegation led by visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan at the ongoing June 17-18 4th round of the SED in Annapolis, Maryland, about a 30-minute drive from Washington DC.

    The meeting is co-chaired by Wang and U.S. Secretary of FinanceHenry Paulson.

    They act as special representatives of the state leaders of the two countries.

    Participants of the two-day meeting include minister-level officials and other senior officials from the two governments.

    China and the United States plan to sign a 10-year cooperation agreement on energy and environmental protection after the meeting.

China, U.S. start 4th Strategic Economic Dialogue

Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan (front L) shakes hands with U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson (front R) at the opening ceremony of the 4th round of China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue in Annapolis, Maryland, the United States of America, June 17, 2008. China and the United States on Tuesday started here their 4th round of Strategic Economic Dialogue. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
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    ANNAPOLIS, United States, June 17 (Xinhua) -- China and the United States on Tuesday started their 4th round of the Strategic Economic Dialogue in Annapolis, Maryland.

    Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson are co-chairing the meeting as special representatives of the heads of state of the two countries.  Full story

Chinese vice-premier: China-U.S. energy cooperation would produce win-win results

    WASHINGTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan has called for stronger cooperation between China and the United States in energy, the environment and other related areas, saying that bilateral cooperation in these areas would lead to win-win results.

    "The Chinese government gives high priority to energy and resources conservation and the protection of the environment. It is committed to building a resource-conserving and environment-friendly society," Vice Premier Wang wrote in an article published by The Financial Times on Monday in its North American edition.Full story

Vice premier arrives in Washington to attend SED

    WASHINGTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan arrived here Monday afternoon to attend the upcoming fourth round of China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue, or SED.

    The SED will be held from June 17 to 18 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, about 30-minute drive from Washington. Full story

Interview: Strategic Economic Dialogue plays constructive role in U.S.-Sino relations

    WASHINGTON, June 16 (Xinhua) -- The high-level Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) between the United States and China has played "a constructive role" in U.S.-China relations which are "important to world peace and prosperity," James A. Dorn, vice president for academic affairs of the Cato Institute said recently.

    The fourth round of SED, first launched in December 2006, will be held on June 17-18 in the United States.Full story

Chinese vice premier leaves for U.S. to attend strategic economic dialogue

    Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan left here Sunday for the United States to attend the fourth round of China-U.S. Strategic Economic Dialogue.

    The dialogue is scheduled to be held from June 17 to 18 in Annapolis, Maryland. Vice Premier Wang Qishan, as special representative of Chinese President Hu Jintao, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, as special representative of U.S. President George W. Bush, will co-chair the meeting. Full story

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