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Monday, July 27, 2009

-- The Treasury Department and State Department host the first meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, stemming from an agreement between the United States and China announced April 1 by President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

The two-day meeting at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center kicks off with a 9 a.m. opening ceremony featuring Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo. The group is scheduled to meet once a year in alternate capitals; this first meeting is intended to set the stage for future cooperation and to address bilateral, regional and global issues -- especially economic ones.

-- First lady Michelle Obama heads south to Bowling Green, Va., for a 3:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Caroline Family Practice community health center, renovated and set to operate with help from a $1.3 million Health Resources and Services Administration stimulus grant.

-- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention kicks off Weight of the Nation: CDC's Inaugural Conference on Obesity Prevention and Control, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The three-day confab will see opening remarks from the acting surgeon general, Rear Adm. Steven K. Galson, and James S. Marks, senior vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Group, as well as a release of CDC recommendations for managing the obesity epidemic.

-- House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) speaks about the future of financial regulation at the National Press Club over lunch.

-- Garance Franke-Ruta federalcity@washpost.com


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