Chronologies

US - China

Chronology from Sep 2011 to Dec 2011


: State Councilor Dai Bingguo and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon hold a telephone conversation on US-China relations.

: The USS Carl Vinson visits Hong Kong, marking the fourth port call to Hong Kong by a US carrier strike group this year.

: US Treasury Department declines to brand China a manipulator of its exchange rate, but says the yuan is undervalued and vows to press for greater exchange-rate flexibility.

: Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi speaks by phone with Secretary Clinton regarding North Korea’s leadership succession.

: A federal circuit court rules that the US cannot impose “countervailing duties” or emergency anti-subsidy tariffs, on imports from countries such as China that are designated as “non-market economies.”

: Vice Foreign Minister visits Washington and meets Secretary Clinton and Undersecretary Wendy Sherman.

: US Special Representative for North Korea Glyn Davies visits Beijing and meets Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

:   Derek Mitchell, US special representative and policy coordinator for Burma, visits China to discuss US policy toward Burma and Secretary Clinton’s visit to that country.

: Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee, meets US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns to further promote bilateral ties.

: The fourth high-level dialogue between the Communist Party of China and the Democratic and Republican parties of the US is held in Washington.

: Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy meets Gen. Ma Xiaotian, deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army General Staff for the 12th Defense Consultative Talks.

: The US and China announce implementation of the Megaport Initiative to monitor for “nuclear and other radioactive materials in cargo containers” at Shanghai’s Yangshan Port.

: China’s Ministry of Commerce announces an investigation into US government policy and subsidy support for renewable energy.

: US Undersecretary of State Wendy Sherman visits Beijing and meets Wang Jiarui, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

: Vice Minister of Commerce Wang Chao and US counterpart Bryson sign the Sino-US Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Cooperation Framework Agreement at the JCCT.

: US Commerce Secretary John Bryson and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk, together with Vice Premier Wang Qishan, co-chair the 22nd Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chengdu, China.

: President Obama and Premier Wen Jiabao hold an unscheduled meeting on the sidelines of the EAS in Bali.

: US House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs votes unanimously in support of the Taiwan Policy Act of 2011 “to strengthen and clarify the commercial, cultural, and other relations between the people of the U.S. and Taiwan,” and the Taiwan Airpower Modernization Act, “to provide Taiwan with critically needed multirole fighter aircraft.”

: Presidents Hu and President Obama meet on the margins of the APEC meeting.

: State Councilor Dai Bingguo meets Secretary Clinton and National Security Adviser Tom Donilon in Honolulu on the margins of the APEC meeting.

: US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson and Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun co-chair fifth round of US-China Sub-Dialogue on Africa in Beijing.

: Chinese MFA and Ministry of Commerce criticize the agenda for the APEC meeting, specifically proposals on environmental policy and the TPP.

: Office of the National Counterintelligence Executive presents a report to Congress that calls China the world’s “most active and persistent perpetrators of economic espionage.”

: State Councilor Dai Bingguo meets Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in Beijing.

: At a news conference in Bali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta praises China for its mild response to the US arms sale to Taiwan.

: Seven US solar panels manufacturers file a trade case with the US Commerce Department against the Chinese solar industry, accusing it of using billions of dollars in government subsidies to help gain sales in the US market.

: US Treasury Department announces that it is delaying release of its biannual currency report, postponing a decision on whether China is manipulating its currency.

: In a speech to the New York Economic Club, Secretary Clinton says China is deliberately holding down the value of its currency to boost exports and has the largest trading surplus in world history to the detriment of the US and other major economies.

: The Congressional-Executive Commission on China releases its annual report on human rights and rule of law developments in China. It says that Chinese officials ignored the law or used the law as a tool to repress human rights, stifle dissent, and unfairly subsidize Chinese industry.

: Commerce Department reports that the US trade deficit with China hit a record high for a single month of $29 billion in August and is running 9 percent above last year’s level, when the deficit hit a record $273 billion.

: China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson criticizes the Senate bill as protectionist and a serious violation of WTO rules, adding that “it won’t solve America’s own economic and employment problems.”

: China and the US hold their second consultation on Asia-Pacific issues in Beijing, co-chaired by Vice Foreign Minister Cui Tiankai and Assistant Secretary Campbell.

: The US Senate votes 63-35 in favor of legislation aimed primarily at China that tightens guidelines used to determine when a country is unfairly manipulating its currency.

: President Barack Obama criticizes China’s currency manipulation, but also says he wants to avoid passing laws that are symbolic but will not be upheld by the WTO.

: US Trade Representative Ron Kirk says the US has notified the WTO of nearly 200 Chinese subsidy programs, claiming many of them may violate free trade rules.

: Secretary of State Clinton says China and Russia are on the wrong side of history after vetoing a UN Security Council resolution condemning Syria for its brutal crackdown on pro-reform protesters.

:   US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense  for Asian and Pacific Affairs Peter Levoy give testimony on “Why Taiwan Matters, Part II” before the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

: Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan meets Lael Brainard, the US Treasury undersecretary for international affairs.

: Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of the 66th Session of UN General Assembly in New York.

: Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng says the latest US arms sale have created severe obstacles to normal military-to-military exchanges between the two countries.

: Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang meets a delegation headed by US Secretary of Energy Steven Chu in Beijing and exchanges views on China-US energy cooperation.

: The US Senate unanimously passes a resolution in support of Taiwan’s observer status in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to enable it to play a part in maintaining global air transport security.

: The US administration announces a new arms package worth $5.8 billion to Taiwan, which includes the upgrading of 144 F-16A/B fighter jets.

: US Trade Representative Ron Kirk announces that the US has filed a case with the World Trade Organization (WTO) against China’s imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing duties against the import of US chicken broiler products.

: Global Times article warns that the US sale of F-16s to Taiwan would be viewed as damaging to Chinese core interests.

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