International Cooperation

U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED)

The Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) is a broad and high level exchange between the U.S. and Chinese governments. Discussions focus on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues of strategic and economic importance in the immediate and long term.

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have announced that the seventh session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) will be held in Washington, D.C., in late June 2015. 

The S&ED is held on an annual basis rotating between the countries. The purpose of the S&ED is for the U.S. and China to address our shared opportunities and challenges in the 21st century.

The first S&ED was held in Washington in 2009. This structure expands on the narrower Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) which was started in 2006.

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2013 Strategic and Economic Dialogue

On July 10-11, then-EPA Assistant Administrator for Air and Radiation Gina McCarthy participated in the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). In the Joint Session on Climate Change, McCarthy presented on U.S. regulation of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

During the session, the U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group, established in April of 2013, agreed to five new initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The Working Group is charged with developing implementation plans by October 2013 to:

group photo at U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) in 2013
Gina McCarthy joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Treasury Jacob Lew, China’s State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang at 2013 S&ED.
  • reduce emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles;
  • promote carbon capture, utilization, and storage;
  • increase energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transportation;
  • improve greenhouse gas data collection and management; and
  • promote smart grids.

McCarthy also hosted a side meeting on air quality with China’s Vice Minister for Environmental Protection Li Ganjie and U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Lee Zak. The agencies committed to continue elevated cooperation on regional air quality pollution planning and control in China. The two sides will share best practices and work together to combat climate change through new pragmatic cooperation on heavy-duty and other vehicles; smart grids; carbon capture, utilization, and storage; collecting and managing greenhouse gas data; and energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transport.

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2011 Strategic and Economic Dialogue

group photo at 2011 Strategic and Economic Dialogue
Former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson (bottom row, 2nd from right), along with U.S. and Chinese leaders, at the Strategic & Economic Dialogue III, May 9, 2011.
In May 2011, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, other Cabinet and Administration officials, and their Chinese counterparts.

As part of the 2011 S&ED, Administrator Jackson and China's Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) Vice Minister Li Ganjie co-chaired a breakout session on Electronics Stewardship and Environmental Cooperation. This information exchange was part of a new dialogue on e-waste between EPA and MEP. 

Jackson was joined by the agencies that serve on an Interagency Task Force on e-waste with EPA, including representatives from the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Energy.

Learn more: EPA's efforts Cleaning Up Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

Administrator Jackson also offered remarks at a Plenary Session on EPA’s 30 years of environmental cooperation with China. EPA has an active Memorandum of Understanding with MEP and also works with China’s Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Development and Reform Commission.


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For additional information on EPA's work in China, contact:
Luis Troche
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of International and Tribal Affairs (2670R)
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 564-2870