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 UPDATE: U.S. and China to Hold Meeting of the Strategic Economic Dialogue in China This Week


12/1/2008

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Washington – Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. will lead a U.S. delegation to China this week for the meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. The talks will take place December 4-5 in Beijing.

Secretary Paulson will be joined by Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt, Office of Management and Budget Director Jim Nussle, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, EPA Administrator Stephen Johnson, and other Administration officials.

The fifth Cabinet-level meeting of the SED will focus on strategies for managing macroeconomic risks and promoting balanced economic growth, strengthening cooperation in energy and environment, confronting the challenges to trade, promoting open investment environments, and furthering international economic cooperation. The dialogue was launched by President Bush and President Hu in September 2006.

The following events are open to media with SED credentials:

What
Opening Statements and Introductions

When
Thursday, December 4, 2008, 8:30 a.m. Local Time

Where
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Villa 17, Thousand Person Hall
Beijing

Note
Media must have SED credentials to attend. SED credentialed media must be set by 7:30 a.m.

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What
Eco Partnership Signing Ceremony

When
Thursday, December 4, 2008, 5:45 p.m. Local Time

Where
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Multi Purpose Room
Beijing

Note
This is a pooled event. Media must have SED credentials to attend. SED credentialed media must be set by 4:45 p.m.

*****

What
Family Photo

When
Friday, December 5, 2008, 8:00 a.m. Local Time

Where
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse

Multi
Purpose Room
Beijing

Note
This is a pooled photo event. Photographers must have SED credentials to attend. SED credentialed photographers must be set by 7:00 a.m.

*****

What
Closing Statements by Vice Premier Wang and Secretary Paulson

When
Friday, December 5, 2008, 12:05 p.m. Local Time

Where
Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
Multi Purpose Room
Beijing

Note
Media must have SED credentials to attend. SED credentialed media must be set by 11:05 a.m.

*****

What
U.S. Delegation Press Conference

When
Friday, December 5, 2008, 1:45 p.m. Local Time

Where
Grand Hyatt Beijing
Grand Ballroom 1
1 East Chang An Avenue
Beijing

Note
Media must have SED credentials to attend. SED credentialed media must be set by 1:15 p.m.

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