Kerry: In a World of Governments Failing, U.S. and China Must Set Example

By | July 10, 2013 | 1:02 PM EDT

Secretary of State John Kerry (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

( – Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday that even as governments around the world are failing, the United States and Communist China must set an example of what succeeding governments can do.

“Frankly, in a world where increasingly governments are failing and populations are rising up and looking for order and structure and possibilities, it is important for the two leading nations of the world to find a way to set an example for success between governments,” Kerry said at the opening session of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue summit in Washington, D.C.

The United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are the wealthiest economies in the world. However, China remains a communist dictatorship with a brutal one-child policy for family control. For the United States there is a $16.7 trillion national debt and 54 months of unemployment at 7.5% or more, the longest stretch of unemployment at or above that rate since 1948.

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Kerry said the results of the dialogues will endure beyond the leadership of both countries.

“Long after we have left the public life, China and the United States will continue throughout this century to be able to set the example as the two most powerful economies, the two countries with the greatest global reach, and the greatest ability to affect the outcome of life on this planet,” Kerry said. “I say that looking at the challenges we face: whether it’s with respect to conflicts in the world, nuclear proliferation, global climate change, issues of cyber space and cyber warfare and other complicated challenges of this time.”

Kerry talked about the importance of cooperation between the two countries.

“When we find ways to strengthen our economic ties, it spurs innovation. I spurs growth. It creates jobs in both of our countries. When we deepen our cooperation on regional and global security issues, it helps all of our people to be safer and it projects stability across the world,” Kerry said.

“When we work together to build trust and goodwill and understanding, it opens the door to greater collaboration,” he said.