U.S.-China Counterterrorism Sub-Dialogue

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 22, 2009

The United States hosted the seventh round of the U.S.-China Counterterrorism Sub-Dialogue on September 14 and 15 in Washington, DC. Ambassador Daniel Benjamin, Coordinator for Counterterrorism, led the U.S. delegation and Director General Wang Min from the PRC Ministry of Foreign Affairs Department of External Security Affairs led the Chinese delegation. The two sides reaffirmed a commitment to cooperate to address the shared threat that terrorism poses to both countries and the international community. Ambassador Benjamin and Director General Wang noted the success of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in setting the tone for future U.S.-China cooperation in building a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship, of which counterterrorism cooperation plays an important role.

Both sides had broad interagency representation to address terrorism with a whole-of-government approach. The U.S. side included representatives from the State Department, Treasury Department, Department of Justice, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Energy, the FBI and National Counter-Terrorism Center. The Chinese delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of State Security, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of National Defense, People’s Bank of China, General Administration of Quality, Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine Supervision, General Administration of Customs and Inspections, and General Administration of Civil Aviation of China.

Over the course of the Sub-Dialogue, the two sides noted their opposition to terrorism in all forms and agreed on the importance of promoting peace and stability in a number of regions around the world while improving practices in homeland security. Both sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in counterterrorism and to meet next year.

PRN: 2009/954