On May 20, 2010, Secretary Clinton departs for a week-long trip to Asia, her fifth trip to the region as Secretary of State. When the Secretary made her first trip to Asia last year, she sent a clear signal that we need strong partners across the Pacific, just as we need strong partners across the Atlantic.
The Secretary will travel first to Tokyo, where she will meet with Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. We look forward to the visit with our Japanese ally. The Secretary will discuss with them the developing security situation on the Korean Peninsula, troubles in Thailand, and other pressing issues.
Our historic allies, such as Japan, as well as our emerging partnerships in Asia are indispensable to finding regional and global solutions to common global problems. As the Secretary said, "Asia is a contributor to global culture, a global economic power, and a region of vital importance to the United States today and into our future."
Nowhere may that be more evident right now than at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, the next stop of the Secretary's trip. The Chinese Government and the City of Shanghai have organized the participation of more than 190 countries for the Expo, and Secretary Clinton made U.S. participation in the Expo a priority.
The Expo has allowed us to participate in public and commercial diplomacy in meaningful ways, and the USA Pavilion shares the best of America with the members of a young generation in China who may have had little exposure to the United States. As this generation of Chinese visit the Pavilion, they will be left with lasting impressions of who we are and what makes America unique. I think the Secretary will be pleased to see the Pavilion. I know I'm looking forward to seeing it.
Following her visit to Shanghai, the Secretary will travel to Beijing to participate in the second round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, where Secretary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Geithner will join their respective Chinese Co-Chairs, State Councilor Dai Bingguo and Vice Premier Wang Qishan. Secretary Clinton will underscore the need for cooperation on regional security matters, including Iran and North Korea, and collaboration on global financial issues, climate change, energy security, and global development. The first Strategic and Economic Dialogue was held last summer in Washington. This meeting represents one of the largest groups of U.S. Cabinet officials to visit China together, with over a dozen U.S. Cabinet members and agency heads comprising the U.S. delegation.
Secretary Clinton will then proceed to Seoul, where she will meet with senior government officials to discuss regional stability and other issues with our Korean ally. During her travels, the Secretary will hold consultations with all of her counterparts on the security of the Korean Peninsula, an issue in which we all have a keen interest.
The video embedded in this blog is the first in a series in which my colleagues and I will keep you apprised of the trip. You can follow the Secretary's travels on DipNote's Travel Diary, www.state.gov and the Secretary's Interactive Travel Map. You will be able to submit questions through @StateDept on Twitter and Text the Secretary. We look forward to hearing from you.