In the lead-up to the first China-U.S. Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SAED), scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama has said it will press Beijing to transform its domestic economic structure and open its doors wider to foreign investment.
The push is part of the U.S. reaction to the global economic crisis and comes as policy-makers and advisers search for solutions to the crisis - from both inside and outside the country.
In addition to pinning hopes on a nearly- 800- billion -U.S. dollar stimulus package that will put the U.S. into the red for many years to come, top government officials and researchers have been putting pressure on other countries, primarily China, to make changes that will foster a recovery in the U.S., despite criticism that a fundamental crack in the loose U.S. financial system is what led to the crisis in the first place.
"China has made some progress in transforming its economic growth model," a senior administration official said on Thursday. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity.
The Chinese effort, he said, was "not intensive enough", despite the fact that even before the crisis hit hard last year, China had set out to restructure its economy by titling toward a consumption-driven and environment-friendly mode of development.
Still, the official conceded that "from what it has done in the past few months, China has shown willingness in implementing policies that bring about (economic structural) adjustment."
U.S. officials have also urged China to open wider to foreign direct investment while defending the U.S. government's barring of what it sees as "dubious" investments in the U.S. by Chinese enterprises - citing "national security."
Economic balance and trade will form only a part of the SAED dialogue. It will include a wide range of other topics, including bilateral relations, regional security issues and climate change.