Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken's Travel to Beijing June 5-6, 2016

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 2, 2016

Deputy Secretary Antony J. Blinken will travel to Beijing, China, on June 5-6, 2016, to lead the U.S. delegation to the 6th U.S. - China Strategic Security Dialogue (SSD) and to participate in the 8th U.S. - China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED).

The Deputy Secretary will be joined at the SSD by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs David Shear; Assistant Secretary of State for Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance Frank Rose; State Department Coordinator for Cyber Issues Chris Painter; PACOM Deputy Commander Lieutenant General Anthony G. Crutchfield; Brigadier General John T. Quintas; and other officials.

China’s Executive Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui will host the SSD, during which senior civilian and military officials will exchange views on a range of security issues of strategic importance to both countries.

After the SSD, Deputy Secretary Blinken will participate in the 8th Strategic and Economic Dialogue, co-chaired by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, alongside their Chinese counterparts, State Councilor Yang Jiechi and Vice Premier Wang Yang.

The S&ED will focus on the challenges and opportunities that both countries face on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global economic and strategic issues.