Recognizing the importance of frank, face-to-face dialogue to discuss emerging challenges in international development, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently hosted the inaugural U.S.-China Global Development Dialogue in Beijing.
China is an important partner with developed and developing economies in negotiations around the post-2015 development agenda, climate change, financing for development and other global issues, Alex Thier of USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning said in a May 23 blog entry on the USAID website.
USAID recently initiated small-scale, practical cooperation with China in other nations. A U.S.-Chinese agriculture partnership in East Timor is intended to improve the production of income-generating crops to enhance food security and nutrition. The first harvest was in March, and now more than 52 participating East Timorese farmers like the one shown above are seeing the benefits of modern farming techniques.
In the April 29 dialogue, Chinese officials expressed a strong desire to work with the United States on global development issues, according to Thier.
The dialogue was an important opportunity to advance mutual interests in development policy and to strengthen cooperation in partner countries, Thier said. The next set of global development goals — including ending extreme poverty and sharing a sustainable global commons and economy — will require a concerted effort with all partners, especially China.