On November 20, 2013, Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attended and spoke at China-US Dialogue on Early Childhood Development Strategy at Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.
Liu Yandong introduced the policies and measures taken by the Chinese government for the continuous, concentrated poverty-stricken areas such as nutrition intervention initiative. She pointed out that the Chinese government places high importance on the development of children and China has pursued the policy of "putting children first", sparing no effort to create better conditions for children to grow and learn. Notable progress has been made in recent years in several aspects, including constant improvement in children's health, more equitable education opportunities for children, stronger legal protection for children and better environment for children's growth. The just concluded Third Plenary Session of the 18th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China has clearly raised the point of promoting the reform and development of pre-school and special education, which will create a better environment for the development of children.
Liu Yandong stressed that life's journey is long and the lessons learnt in childhood will determine its direction. China considers children development a strategic priority and has actively learnt useful experience of various countries to explore a path for children development in line with China's national realities. China has made great efforts to cut poverty inheritance so as to accumulate huge talent reserves and human capital for the future. Let every child has the opportunity to achieve his or her personal dreams and have a better future. Taking early childhood education as an important component for China-US people-to-people exchange, strengthening exchange and dialogue in this regard, and exploring children development concepts, methods and policies will not only benefit the children of the two countries, but also provide a reference for other countries. She hoped that more people and institutions could actively participate in this undertaking and pool into a powerful force to promote children development and deepen people-to-people exchange.
Hillary Clinton noted that early childhood education is the best investment a country makes to improve its future innovation abilities and productivity. It is also an important part of the people-to-people exchange between the two countries. She hoped that both sides would strengthen exchanges and cooperation in this regard so that the youth of both countries would be able to better understand each other in the future and address common problems in a more effective manner.
Before attending the event, Liu Yandong and Hillary Clinton held a bilateral meeting.