The US and China will hold broad talks on political and economic issues in Beijing on May 3-4 in an ongoing effort to keep often-fraught relations cordial, the US Treasury announced on Monday.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and treasury secretary Timothy Geithner will hold talks with Vice Premier Wang Qishan and state councilor Dai Bingguo in the fourth annual US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
The talks, initiated in 2009, can cover a long list of issues, including strategic concerns, the environment, human rights and trade issues, but is usually more broad-brush than targeted at specific issues.
The talks in May 2011 looked at both countries' interests in Afghanistan and covered the nuclear programs of North Korea and Iran.
They also produced pacts on cooperation between companies and universities from both countries and joint work addressing health and energy needs in poor countries.