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DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
January 19, 2011
Strengthening U.S.-China Subnational Cooperation
The U.S.-China Governors Forum
As the United States and China continue to build stronger government-to-government ties, there is a growing awareness in both countries that increased cooperation at the subnational level will strengthen our bilateral relationship and benefit both our countries. At the second round of the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in May 2010, the United States and China pledged to enhance bilateral economic cooperation at the subnational levels.
subnational leaders have been actively engaged in China for the past 10
years. In 2010 alone, there were at least eight governors who led trade
delegations to China and more than 100 visits by various Chinese provincial
officials to the United States. U.S. and
Chinese state and local governments have established numerous cooperative
relationships, from 36 sister provinces and states and 161 pairs of
sister-cities to university exchanges to EcoPartnerships on energy and
Initiative to Strengthen U.S.-China Subnational Cooperation: To build on and strengthen the efforts of these subnational leaders, the Department of State, through the Office of the Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs (S/SRGIA), the U.S. Mission in China, and the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs (EAP), is helping states and municipalities to increase and deepen economic, cultural, and educational ties with China.
The U.S.-China Governors Forum: During President Hu’s visit, the U.S. and Chinese governments will officially endorse the subnational initiative. Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Yang will sign a Memorandum of Understanding Concerning the Establishment of a U.S.-China Governors Forum to Promote Subnational Cooperation. This U.S.-China Governors Forum will be co-convened by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries. It will serve as a platform to promote peer-to-peer exchanges between U.S. state governors and Chinese provincial party secretaries and governors on topics of mutual interest such as trade and investment, energy and the environment, and people-to-people exchanges in the fields of tourism, education, and others as appropriate. In February 2011, the Party Secretary of Hunan province will lead a delegation to the NGA’s winter meeting in Washington, D.C.
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This webpage has a press release from the State Department on the U.S. China Public-Private Partnership on Health Care (Note: “The CORE” in Meridian is health care)
U.S., China Launch Public-Private Partnership on Health Care
The partnership will be organized around U.S. healthcare industry strengths and government capabilities in order to foster long-term cooperation with China in the areas of research, training, regulation and the adoption of an environment that will increase accessibility to healthcare services in China. Participating U.S. companies initially include 3M, Abbott, Chindex, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Microsoft, Motorola, and Pfizer. Supporting organizations include AdvaMed, the Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness, the American Chamber of Commerce in China, the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, PhRMA and the U.S.-China Business Council.
participants will gain greater access to U.S. private sector expertise
and ingenuity and better awareness of new technologies and
results-oriented regulatory processes. Initially, these goals will be
advanced through a USTDA-funded Healthcare Professional Personnel
Exchange Program that will include a series of visits by Chinese
healthcare officials to the United States to share best practices and
witness new and innovative technologies that will be important to
long-term healthcare delivery.
“The partnership will draw its strength from U.S. companies strategically working together to help China achieve its development goals that will open new export markets for U.S. goods and services,” noted Commerce Secretary Gary Locke.
Over time, the partnership will enhance cooperation in areas such as rural healthcare, emergency response, personnel training, medical information technology, and management systems; while also exploring ways to support other fields such as integrative and traditional Chinese medicine. These programs will enhance both sides’ knowledge of best practices, management, technological developments, and other healthcare-related topics
Joint Declaration – Obama and HU - State Department Website
Expanding People-to-People Exchanges
40. The United States and China have long supported deeper and broader people-to-people ties as part of a larger effort to build a cooperative partnership based on mutual respect and mutual benefit. Both sides agreed to take concrete steps to enhance these people-to-people exchanges. Both sides noted with satisfaction the successful Expo 2010 Shanghai, and the Chinese side complimented the United States on its USA Pavilion. The two sides announced the launch of a U.S.-China Governors Forum and decided to further support exchanges and cooperation at local levels in a variety of fields, including support for the expansion of the sister province and city relationships. The United States and China also agreed to take concrete steps to strengthen dialogue and exchanges between their young people, particularly through the 100,000 Strong Initiative. The United States warmly welcomes more Chinese students in American educational institutions, and will continue to facilitate visa issuance for them. The two sides agreed to discuss ways of expanding cultural interaction, including exploring a U.S.-China cultural year event and other activities. The two sides underscored their commitment to further promoting and facilitating increased tourism. The United States and China agreed that all these activities help deepen understanding, trust, and cooperation.
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“Alternative and renewable energy development is a big part of my Project 60 initiative.”
from Joint Statement:
37. Both sides applauded the progress made in clean energy and energy security since the launch of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Renewable Energy Partnership, U.S.-China Joint Statement on Energy Security Cooperation, and Energy Cooperation Program (ECP). Both sides reaffirmed their ongoing exchanges on energy policy and cooperation on oil, natural gas (including shale gas), civilian nuclear energy, wind and solar energy, smart grid, advanced bio-fuels, clean coal, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and clean energy technology standards.
38. The two sides commended the progress made since the launch of the U.S.-China Ten Year Framework on Energy and Environment Cooperation (TYF) in 2008. They agreed to further strengthen practical cooperation under the TYF, carry out action plans in the priority areas of water, air, transportation, electricity, protected areas, wetlands, and energy efficiency, engage in policy dialogues, and implement the EcoPartnerships program. The United States and China were also pleased to announce two new EcoPartnerships. The two sides welcomed local governments, enterprises, and research institutes of the two countries to participate in the TYF, and jointly explore innovative models for U.S.-China energy and environment cooperation. The two sides welcomed the cooperation projects and activities which will be carried out in 2011 under the TYF.