National China Garden is a Priority Outcome of the Fifth U.S.-China Strategic & Economic Dialogue
At the Fifth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) July 10-11, 2013, in Washington, D.C., Secretary of State John Kerry, special representative of President Barack Obama, and State Councilor Yang Jiechi, special representative of President Xi Jinping, chaired the Strategic Track, which included participation from senior officials from across both governments. The two sides held in-depth discussions on major bilateral, regional, and global issues and recommitted to the S&ED’s role in deepening strategic trust and expanding practical cooperation to build a new model of relations between the United States and China. The dialogue on the Strategic Track produced 91 specific outcomes and areas for further cooperation. The China Garden is the 21st outcome for enhancing bilateral cooperation:
I. Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation
21. China Garden: Reaffirmed their support for the National China Garden Foundation’s efforts to construct a China Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum. Both sides are striving to complete the China Garden project design, consultation, fund-raising, and bidding procedures as soon as possible. The construction of the China Garden will begin after these construction assessments have been completed and adequate funds have been raised. The two sides held a Joint Working Group during the 5th S&ED.
The National China Garden is an enduring symbol of goodwill between China and the US. The garden offers a unique platform for strong US-China relations, people to people exchanges and the celebration of Chinese culture. The 12-acre garden was developed by a team of designers from China, based on the Qing dynasty Ge and He gardens of Yangzhou. Congress has authorized the use of 12 acres of land at the US National Arboretum for the China Garden. The 22 structures, classical Chinese art, furnishings, landscaping and rockeries are a gift from the people of China to the people of the United States. The US will provide the site preparation, offer architectural and engineering support and coordinate with the Chinese design team to complete the garden project.
Both countries support the China Garden and the National China Garden Foundation's role in creating the premier classical Chinese garden and cultural center as an important means of achieving mutual goals. The National China Garden Foundation is working to raise funds to construct the garden complex in the US National Arboretum and ensure the public's enjoyment of the China Garden for years to come.
For more on the 91 outcomes from the Fifth Round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, visit the US Department of State website.