U.S. Committed to Nations of Southeast Asia

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 22, 2009

Interactive Travel Map | Text the SecretaryToday, Secretary Clinton spoke at a press availability during the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) meeting in Thailand.

Today, Secretary Clinton participated in a press availability at the ASEAN Summit in Laguna Phuket, Thailand. The Secretary stressed America’s commitment to strengthen our presence and engagement in the region and build a deeper, more dynamic partnership with ASEAN. Secretary Clinton said:

"The United States is back in Southeast Asia. President Obama and I believe that this region is vital to global progress, peace, and prosperity, and we are fully engaged with our ASEAN partners on the wide range of challenges confronting us, from regional and global security to the economic crisis to human rights and climate change.

After this, I will have the honor of signing, on behalf of the United States, the Instrument of Accession to the ASEAN Treaty of Amity and Cooperation. This treaty seals our commitment to work in partnership with the nations of ASEAN to advance the interests and values we share.

I am also proud to announce that the United States intends to open a U.S. mission to ASEAN headed by an ambassador in Jakarta in the very near future. I have instructed my staff to begin consultations with the ASEAN secretariat, the Indonesian Government, and the United States Congress on the steps needed to open such a mission. As a first step, we will shortly assign an experienced diplomat to Jakarta to work with ASEAN on this effort.

Tomorrow, I will host the first ever ministerial meeting between the United States and the countries of the Lower Mekong – Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand – to discuss our shared interests and our emerging partnership on issues related to water, health, and the environment.

I would also like to announce the Obama Administration’s commitment to deepen our engagement in Asia on the critical issue of climate change. We have asked the United States Congress for a seven-fold increase in our USAID climate change funding for this region. And we are planning to launch a new regional climate change initiative to support cutting-edge research and scale up investments in innovative climate change and development solutions in Asia, especially Southeast Asia. We will ask for a high-level dialogue on climate change within ASEAN so that together, we can help the world confront the threat of a warming planet and a transition to a clean energy future.

These steps are important because Southeast Asia and ASEAN are critically important to our future. ASEAN’s ten members host nearly 600 million people, including two of our treaty allies and the world’s third-largest democracy, which just completed very successful elections in Indonesia. The region is our sixth-largest export market, hosts more U.S. business investment than China, and straddles critically important shipping lanes.

So ASEAN is a region of great diversity where people of different backgrounds, religions, and every other diversity of the human experience are working to build a community. Just this week, ASEAN agreed on the outlines of a human rights body that can help promote the values we share with many of ASEAN’s member countries, and hopefully contribute to positive change in Burma.

On a personal note, let me say how shocked and saddened I was by the vicious terrorist attacks in Indonesia last week. We stand by Indonesia in these difficult times and we celebrate their successful election and the vibrancy of their democracy. The Obama Administration is proud to embark on a sustained, comprehensive partnership with Indonesia. And it will span all aspects of our relationship – diplomatic, political, strategic, cultural and so much else. I am convinced this partnership will yield very positive results.

So these are all important steps that the United States wants to take with our ASEAN partners, and to encourage ASEAN as it moves down the path it has set for itself. I also wanted to take this opportunity to talk about my meetings with the foreign ministers of our partners in the Six-Party process. We discussed the need for a vigorous, unified, and transparent implementation of Security Council Resolution 1874. We consulted on the steps that we are taking individually and the actions that we can take in concert to enforce the financial measures, the arms embargo, the inspection provisions, and other elements in the resolution.

All four of the other foreign ministers agreed that full implementation is important to demonstrate unanimity and resolve in the face of North Korean provocations, and to make clear that complete and irreversible denuclearization is the only viable path for North Korea. We do not intend to reward North Korea just for returning to the table, nor do we intend to reward them for actions they have already committed to taking and then reneged on. The path is open to them, and it is up to them to follow it. Unless and until they do, they will face international isolation and the unrelenting pressure of global sanctions."

Read the transcript of Secretary Clinton's press availability at ASEAN.

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palgye
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South Korea
July 23, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to manager.(maybe, woods?)

December, snow drops so much(badly) to Washington?

If much(very much), comes quite and plentifully - so far the capital which will hit because of it`s over, ours prediction. but, the preparation thorough is about the snow, the damage almost not effect to our.

Believing always, has and the fool whom supports gives, (from the fool gives) with Believing, permanent support.

thanks(only just my`s minor report)

Is sorry sends two place with same contents.

palgye
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South Korea
July 23, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to Sec Hillary Clinton.
(There probably is a qualification where I will talk like this, if the writing which includes from if misunderstand eliminating, wishes)

How to express my mind to North-Korea. at any, before so many S-Korea`s news(paper) urge to N-Korea is DDOS virus`s a ringleader. but, somedays before

The Department of State that as North Korea decision the possibility of erasing is not, it`s protected North Korea and the name which holds announced, it putting a base in fact.

The attitude which is visible from this ARF considerably disappointment. All will hang and that considers, to say and when all attacking, all to certify the truth.

Rather the thing which does considerably disappointment is a confutation. (is not disappointed without being, wishes.)

And, one day quickly the woman reporter of 2 people which are in the process of detaining being released, wishes and finishes.(Is shy the thought holds)

i can`t say more about that....

palgye
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South Korea
July 23, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

i read this article at cnn.com

North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman
called Clinton "by no means intelligent" and a "funny lady."

i`m very angry to N-Korea. if can, i apologize to Sec Hillary Clinton. frankly, i can`t understanding to this rude attitude. in my thinking, Sec Hillary Clinton is only hope to N-Korea. others are want to struggle not negotiation. they are very stuff, compares very stuffy life`s live in my life.

from a support(now, i`m very anxiety, i have a qualification to support? always making troubles)

Ron
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New York, USA
July 23, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Focus on the Donut; not on the hole.

North Korea is pathogenic.
Innoculate SEA against it.
No rewards for rogue nations.
Strengthen the surrounding regions.
Kim will fall by contrast.

Stay with it.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 24, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Mmmm, I suppose I could render a portrait in so many words, creative and colorful enough to have 'lil Kim and his numbnutz Foreign minister along with the rest of the North Krean government rolling on the floor in a painful embrace with the truth, but it would be unprintable on Dipnote, as not fit for human consumption. Let alone in respectable company.

However, Ron in New York unwittingly came to my rescue in prompting some random nerve cell in my brainpan to access the hardrive stored clip of Homer Simson sitting at the controls of Mr. Burn's nuclear power plant eyeing that rasberry cream-filled wonderous delight and crying out "DOUGHNUT!" , and in his moment of culinary estacy, flipping off the coolant controls and dripping rasberry filling into the panel.

Right about now 'lil Kim is sitting where Homer Simson was, face all covered with (expleted deleted).....while the place melts down.

Cartoons being what they are, Homer was only singed around the ears, but he did glow in the dark.

I wanted the Dip staff to know, I really had to do some serious self-editing on this post just to even get it close to being printable.

To those that may not appreciate American humor, I think it is fair to say we as a nation, not just our government..takes exceptional curiosity towards terminal stupidity.

It would almost be funny if 'lil Kim wern't so pathetic.

"Never ever underestimate the danger posed by idiots gathered in large numbers."

Sounds like something Mark Twain would say, and I can't recall the author off the top of my head, but it is a proper foreign policy approach towards ethical infants.

I think Sec. Clinton came about as close as anyone since Omar Bradly coined the term "ethical infant" in contrast to "nuclear giants".

I'm ok with her putting a paternal spin on it....(chuckle).

Normita
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California, USA
July 24, 2009

Normita in California writes:

Dear Secretary Clinton:

Thank you for your service to our country. Your courage and compassion are inspiring. God bless you in your journey.

Ron
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New York, USA
July 24, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

Dear Hillary: I met Thaksin at the UN 11th Crime Congress 2005 in Bangkok. He hosted the best Global meeting ever on combating crime, corruption, and terrorism...USG sent a huge delegation; but it remained disengaged, judgmental, and critical ...what amissed opportunity to create a new partnership in the south-Asia regions...We must catch up in a hurry, or the N.Koreas will replicate and infect the region with Kim's minions. BTW: the chicken satay served at the Thai Naval Center was really great!

Ron
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New York, USA
July 26, 2009

Ron in New York writes:

If you want to understand Kim and his North Korea, get these films:

1- Scarface
2- The Mouse that Roared
3- The last King of Scotland

Do not allow Kim to provoke the U.S. to strike.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 26, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Ron in New York,

If provoked, it will no doubt resemble the short animated film,"Bambi meets Godzilla." , and there won't be a sequal.

Where the idyllic little patorial nuclear setting occupied by a clueless "Bambi" comes under a sudden shadow and all the birds and butterflies split the scene just before the final act, wherein the entire screen is filled with with a giant scaly foot, exactly where Bambi was "peacefully" grazing a moment before.

But I rather think that it won't be America's call to make by herself, because that footprint will no doubt have a Chinese source to it when the action is taken.

Not "if", but "when"....

I suppose folks can hold out hope that sanctions will bring NK back to the table, but it would be really silly not to arrange alternatives between nations before they are deemed neccessary to implement, in a joint, coordinated manner.

If this isn't one of the reasons we're having a comprehensive discussion with the Chinese (see question of the week), I'd be very suprised at this point.

They have more to lose than we do if 'lil Kim goes off the farm.

Being a reasonable fellow, I can imagine former UN Ambassador John Bolton probably has fair call to say "I told you so." in his previous remarks over the years that North Korea had no intention of giving up its nukes.

At the same time, diplomacy had to be tried. It was the right thing to do, and brought nations together on the issue.

But we've reached a point of inflection, wherein diplomacy's attempts reap diminishing returns, and next steps must be discussed.

"Engagement" and "Isolation" are dual use terms.

We are in the process of engaging with the regime via sanction and diplomacy right now in an attempt to bring NK out of isolation.

The alternatives resemble either preforming a political frontal lobotomy or findng a nice padded cell to put the regime in, and collectively throw away the key.

Either way, the international community has a rather large shoe size.

I hear all this talk of nuclear arms races in the region, and similar fears expressed in terms of Iran in their's.

Quite frankly i think these fears to be unfounded, because long before folks start repeating U.S./Russian cold-war history, someone's going to turn out the lights on ethical infant's illusions of grandure...literally.

How that takes place is what I worry about, and folks better get it right the first time.

palgye
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South Korea
July 27, 2009

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to manager..

about (the Islamic State of) Afghanistan.

If uses the weed killer to is difficult, does not calculate instead of tries a venture to will be how?

Poppy but, at price of 3 times and the whole quantity hydrophily from before they see and all non burns throws away, did to make the substitutional crops plant and that director was not the local management and 3rd influence (was well versed) with the military force and have an Islamism supervise to do to make manage, The violation at the time of with the punishment which is legal together also the punishment which is religious does to make do in same time, maximizes the effect to will be how?

After when being a price of 3 times, until when reaping there will be a possibility of propping, will be able to weaken their dependences degree peels about Taliban and? Will not be solved all at once.And, what shouts a jihad and supplies in external influence the opium already the themselves, the hammer directness sees an evidence and there will be a people whom cooperates and hangs.

If the arable land about low of large scale makes a new job. If and, uses the labor power of the woman(so difficlut, but must do) and hospital, school(Islamism Riga was included) - thinks the minimization of resistance first of all,

sorry,, my idiot idea..

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 28, 2009

Eric in New Mexico writes:

North Korea yesterday warned that Pyongyang would respond to the sanctions with "merciless" force, AFP reported.

"We will mercilessly and resolutely counter the enemy's 'sanctions' with retaliation, its 'all-out war' with all-out war," said Kim Yong Chun, North Korea's defense minister (Agence France-Presse II/Google News, July 26).

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'Lil Kim must be smoking a fair amount of the opium produced by the Taliban, or he simply has no idea the difference in concrete terms between his idea of "all out war", and the U.S. population's historical concept of it.

Will someone please clue ethical infants into the reason why America has no permanent enemies is because the leaders who've called us "enemy" in the past generally ended up taking a dirt nap? Sometimes at the hands of their own people.

I'd appreciate that as much as I believe the rest of America would appreciate some hard and very public strait talk to these idoits, being not only in our national interest, but sound, ethical diplomacy in support of multilateral efforts to achieve lasting peace in the region.

Personally, if it be war....I'd rather see us declare it for the right reasons up front prior to and rather than get dragged kicking and screaming into one because we are obligated to defend our allies under terms of treaty, after hostilities have started because no one had the guts to preempt a larger conflict in the first place.

It's a question of us calling the shots, or letting others call the shots for us.

Let me repeat myself...You don't want 'lil Kim or the mullahs in the driver's seat on this, 'cause you won't stop the car in time.

And please folks, I know it's an idyllic little notion that all nations have the sovereign right to "peaceful" use of atomic energy, but if threatening nuclear war, wishing the wiping of nations of the map, the designation of "state sponsor of terrorism", and associated general hostile intent does not void the claims of sovereign rights by these nations to nuclear power, then we better get some new international laws on the books....pronto.

Lest they return the favor with a bang, so don't ask me as a citizen to trust in "containment" as policy, nuclear safeguards or "fuel takeback" arrangements, and IAEA protocols to assure my children's future.

They've failed to utterly up to this point.

If the Obama admin. is to resolve Iran's and North Korea's nuclear intent in a way that safeguards the global village, then I'm afraid that this president will be faced with as difficult a decision, if not more so, than the dillema facing George W. Bush in dealing with Saddam Hussein.

In any case, we didn't "go it alone" then, and we won't be in this case either.

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