U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will make an appearance in San Francisco this afternoon to discuss the country’s economic relationship with China.

Geithner will speak at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins hotel at 1 p.m. about the upcoming fourth meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing next week.

The third meeting was held in Washington, D.C., last May.

The dialogue is an initiative created by President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao in 2009 to strengthen the relationship between the two nations, according to the Department of the Treasury.

Geithner is expected to note the progress and challenges both countries face in the current economy, along with the effects of increased dialogue between the two nations.

Following his remarks, Adam Lashinsky, a San Francisco-based senior editor-at-large at Fortune magazine, will facilitate a discussion with Geithner. The event is being hosted by the Commonwealth Club.

During his visit to San Francisco, Geithner is also scheduled to meet with local business leaders for roundtable discussion on the state of the economy.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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