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Updated: Friday, October 21, 2016

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

The eighth session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) was held in Beijing, China, June 5-7, 2016.  The Dialogue focused on the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global areas of immediate and long-term economic and strategic interest.

Fact Sheets

  • Climate Change and Clean Energy 
    Climate change is a pillar of the U.S.-China bilateral relationship. Over the past few years, expanded dialogue and cooperation have heralded a new era of climate leadership by the world’s two largest economies and greenhouse gas emitters. 
  • Strategic Track Select Outcomes 
    Building on over three years of focused climate change cooperation, Secretaries Kerry and Lew and their counterparts convened a Joint Session on Climate Change at which the two sides committed to work together and with others to promote the full implementation of Paris Agreement. 
  • Economic Track Resource 
    The U.S. and China announced concrete measures to support strong domestic and global growth, promote open trade and investment, and enhance and foster financial market stability and reform. 
  • 2nd U.S.-China Climate-Smart/Low-Carbon Cities Summit 
    The summit advanced U.S.-China bilateral cooperation on climate change, highlighting and strengthening the critical role of cities, states, civil society, and the private sector in building a low-carbon, climate-resilient economy. 

Media Notes

  • Building on Paris Agreement and Strengthening Climate Change Cooperation
    The Joint Session offered a chance to review climate progress and achievements over the past year. Chief among them was the historic Paris Agreement, which would not have been possible without the leadership of the United States and China. Both countries reaffirmed their plans to join the Agreement as early as possible this year, and agreed to work together to urge others to do so.
  • EcoPartnerships Program
    Six new EcoPartnerships were announced that bring together experts and innovators from U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities, and NGOs to work together, exchange best practices, and find solutions to challenges related to environmental protection, clean energy, and climate change. 
  • Strategic Track Outcomes
    Of the 120 outcomes, over 50 were related to climate change, energy issues, and the environment as the U.S. and China continue to expand their climate change cooperation.


U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG)

U.S. - china climate smart cities initiative imageU.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG)
The CCWG was established pursuant to the Joint Statement on Climate Change issued on April 13, 2013 during Secretary Kerry’s first trip to China and is intended to spur large-scale, cooperative efforts to address the climate challenge, including deepening and expanding work already underway.

Media Notes

  • Ten-Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation Meetings
    CCWG participants to assess progress and discuss next steps on: reducing emissions from heavy-duty and other vehicles; increasing carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS); increasing energy efficiency in buildings, industry, and transport; improving greenhouse gas data collection and management; and promoting smart grids. 


  • ​Annual Report: U.S.-China Climate Change Working Group (CCWG)
    An overview of the ongoing work and concrete next steps of the multiple cooperative elements of the CCWG.  The report was presented to the four Special Representatives of the S&ED (Secretary Kerry, Secretary Lew, Vice Premier Wang, and State Councilor Yang) and approved at the Joint Session on Climate Change held immediately following the S&ED opening ceremony.   

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