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Washington, DC - July 10, 2013

1. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President:

"Our relationship is and will continue to be, God willing, a mix of competition and co-operation. And competition can be good for both of us and co-operation is essential. For two nations as large and influential as ours, it is only natural that there be competition and if the game is fair and healthy political and economic competition can then marshall the best energies of both our societies."

2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President:

"The next steps that China needs to take for it's own economy happen to be in the interest as the United States as well. Your own plans call for the kinds of changes that need to take place that are difficult, like here. But if they do they will benefit us both - including free exchange rates, shifting to a consumption led economy, enforcing intellectual property rights and renewed innovation. You know, it is easy for pundits to point out to us in both our countries what we need to do but there are political realities _ these things are not easy to do quickly. But, they must be done."


Vice President Joe Biden says China's rise is good for the U.S. and the world but Chinese theft of U.S intellectual property must stop.

Biden was speaking Wednesday at the opening of the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue between the two world powers.

Biden was introduced by Secretary of State John Kerry who has returned to Washington for the two-day dialogue from his wife's bedside in Boston after she was hospitalized.

Cabinet-level officials will review security and economic issues that reflect growing ties but also deep-seated differences between the two countries.

Biden said an open Internet is in both nations' interests and "outright cyber-enabling theft that U.S. companies are experiencing now must be viewed as out of bounds and needs to stop."