Xi at­tends open­ing cer­e­mony of China-US high­level di­a­logue

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BEI­JING—Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping on Mon­day at­tended the joint open­ing cer­e­mony of the eighth China-U.S. Strate­gic and Eco­nomic Di­a­logue (S&ED) and the sev­enth China-U.S. High-Level Con­sul­ta­tion on Peo­ple-to-Peo­ple Ex­change (CPE) in Bei­jing.

Se­nior Chi­nese and U.S. of­fi­cials gath­er­ered on Mon­day in Bei­jing to kick off the eighth Strate­gic and Eco­nomic Di­a­logue (S&ED), the last for the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion, to dis­cuss a wide range of eco­nomic is­sues from macroe­co­nomic pol­icy, in­vest­ment treaty to in­dus­trial over­ca­pac­ity and trade dis­putes.

Ad­vanc­ing bi­lat­eral re­la­tions, deep­en­ing prag­matic co­op­er­a­tion, and man­ag­ing dif­fer­ences and sen­si­tive is­sues within the two-day di­a­logues and con­sul­ta­tions also form the dis­cus­sion do­mains.

The an­nual high-level di­a­logue also co­in­cides this year with China host­ing the Group of 20 (G20) sum­mit and the United States hold­ing pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. While it’s too early to tell what spe­cific out­comes the two sides could get from the two-day di­a­logue, past ex­pe­ri­ences sug­gest that main­tain­ing reg­u­lar di­a­logues and con­tin­ued en­gage­ment be­tween the world’s two largest economies is in­creas­ingly cru­cial to both coun­tries and the global econ­omy.

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