U.S.-China Asia-Pacific Consultations June 25, 2011

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 26, 2011

Assistant Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell hosted Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai for the inaugural U.S.-China Consultations on the Asia-Pacific on June 25 in Honolulu. The consultations are an outcome of the third U.S-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in May and reflect President Obama's and President Hu's commitment to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship.

The United States and China conducted open, frank, and constructive discussions with the goal of obtaining a better understanding of each other's intentions, policies and actions toward the Asia-Pacific region. The United States began the dialogue by highlighting that it is an Asia-Pacific country with an abiding national interest in peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. The United States underscored the growing importance of its alliances, which are the cornerstone of its strategy in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as of its efforts to build new partnerships in the region. The United States reiterated it welcomes a strong, prosperous, and successful China that plays a greater role in regional and world affairs.

The United States emphasized its support for strengthening the role of regional institutions. In that context, the United States and China discussed ways for both countries to promote greater cooperation on the challenges facing the region. In particular, Assistant Secretary Campbell and Vice Foreign Minister Cui discussed each sides' objectives for the upcoming meetings of the ASEAN Regional Forum, the APEC Leaders Meeting that will be held here in Hawaii, the Pacific Islands Forum and the East Asia Summit. The United States and China also had discussions about Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific, with particular attention on timely issues such as North Korea, maritime security in the South China Sea, and Burma.

The Asia-Pacific Consultations are similar to dialogues the United States holds with many other Asia-Pacific states, and complements existing U.S.-China sub-dialogues on other critical regions of the world. These dialogues enhance cooperation, contribute to better understanding between the United States and China, and promote regional security. The United States' delegation consisted of representatives from the Departments of State and Defense, the National Security Staff, the United States Pacific Command, and the United States Agency for International Development. Assistant Secretary Campbell thanked Vice Foreign Minister Cui for the constructive exchange of views, and the two sides agreed to hold another round of talks in China at a mutually convenient time.

PRN: 2011/1067