WASHINGTON, June 23 (UPI) -- The United States and China opened their annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington with the announcement of six business partnerships.
The State Dept. said Tuesday "EcoPartnerships," which unite U.S. and Chinese cities, companies, universities and non-governmental organizations in per-to-peer environmental research arrangements, were developed between Boeing Inc. and the Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China; Columbia University and Baotou Steel Group; The university of Kentucky and Jiangsu Wisdom Engineering and Technology Co.; Ramboll Environ, IMACC and the Suzhou State environmental Protection Hi-Tech Industrial Park development Co.; Sea Turtles 911 and Hainan Normal University, and Wilson Solarpower and Shenzhen Enesoon Science and Technology Co.
The conference, led by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, and China's State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Vice- Premier Wang Yang, is designed this year to be a preparation for Chinese President Xi Jinping's summit meeting in September with President Barack Obama in Washington. Matters of cybersecurity, trade barriers, China's movement into disputed islands in the South China Sea and a climate pact, agreed to by Xi and Obama in November 2014, are elements of the dialogue.