Yesterday, the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced that Secretary Tim Geithner will travel to Beijing, China, and Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 10-12, for meetings with senior government officials in both countries to discuss the state of the global economy, policies to strengthen global growth, and other economic issues of mutual importance. Secretary Geithner will also discuss our continued coordination with international partners in the region to increase pressure on the Government of Iran, including financial measures targeting the Central Bank of Iran.
On Tuesday, January 10, Secretary Geithner will arrive in Beijing for a meeting with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. The following day, he will meet with Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice President Xi Jinping and Executive Vice Premier Li Keqiang to discuss measures to promote continued economic growth and level the playing field for U.S. workers and firms. The Secretary’s visit to Beijing comes ahead of Vice President Xi’s visit to Washington later this year.
On Thursday, January 12, the Secretary will be in Tokyo, Japan for meetings with Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, Finance Minister Jun Azumi and other senior government officials to confer on the U.S. and Japanese economies and cooperation on efforts to support strong, sustainable and balanced global growth.