About the Author: Christopher R. Hill serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs.
We just wrapped up the last event on the last leg of Secretary Clinton's travel to Asian capitals: Tokyo, Seoul, Jakarta, and now Beijing over a week. We got a lot of business done in our meetings with government leaders, but we also learned a lot during the town halls and roundtables the Secretary held at each stop.
I'll admit that as the father of two daughters (including a Wellesley grad) and as former ambassador in the Republic of Korea, I especially got a kick out of the town hall at Ewha University in Seoul. Thousands of students showed up -- despite the fact that they're on winter break -- to ask the Secretary everything from what her priorities were as Secretary of State to how she's managed to balance the demands of career and family. Korea's future women leaders clearly appreciated her wise counsel on all fronts.
A trip like this can be exhausting, but I'm heading back to Washington inspired by the tremendous energy and excitement we've seen in Asia.