Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to Asia

Posted by Kurt Campbell
May 19, 2010

Interactive Travel Map|Text the Secretary|Trip PageAbout the Author: Kurt Campbell serves as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

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, 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.

Related Content:Briefing on the Upcoming U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue



South Korea
May 20, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Dear to...

If the political party which is progressive acquires a political power from Korea, thinks the thing which will aim the policy which them is intimate in the United States. Thinks historian evidence. (The citizens shaking, thinks the small stuff. Some group press excessive packaging does but)

The financial reform law does not pass United States Congresslistened. maybe, maybe, when does not pass, thinks an effect in November election decrease.

Thinks that the help is necessary. President to want the reform which is complete the financial circles with dialogue can lead a compromise and wants a quite reform a compromising point and, can not seek thinks.

P.S Have an any chnce to join a some conference? 2010.5.26 and 2010.5.23 is memorial day some Korean person.

South Korea
May 20, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Welcome to Sec Hillary Clinton, visit at Asia (South Korea)

eu crises occurred, already. The crisis disposal method which sees from elementary voluntary location is not an escape of the opinion which is slowly unified too thinks that to is inconvenient.

Secret intention with the opinion which is personal, France, Germany and Great Britain, (obsever, they have some troubles), above overcoming a economic crisis with triangle oligarchic setups, how about period of certain period to operate one flight setup?

Waldheim N.
May 20, 2010

Waldheim N. in the Philippines writes:

Wish the American People with a long lasting deeper ties with the Peoples Republic of China (PRC).

Waldheim N.

Patrick W.
Maryland, USA
May 20, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Hi, Assistant Sec.Kurt Campbell & Sec. Hillary

I See you traveling again. Please post some good photos of the USA Pavilion or 2010 World Expo. I'm very interested in how things are progressing with our Chinese allys.

Also, have a great time in Tokyo ,say hi, too Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama for me.

I hope your meetings go well,stay well and happy thoughts and Wishs on your Visit to Asia...:)

Cya..Kurt & Hillary..:):)

Antonio V.
May 21, 2010

Antonio V. in China writes:

I am an expatriate American English teacher in Shanghai. I visited the USA pavilion for the first time last week and I must tell you that it is a total embarrassment. Among my Chinses students, the joke is that the US built a giant air conditioner. Seriously, it is the ugliest pavilion on the site. Just take a look at the reviews on the Chinese internet or the one that Popular Science wrote about it. The only people who like it are the US officials who are responsible for it. I hope the Secretary lets people know how disappointed she is and holds somebody responsible for what every American in shanghai knows is a national shame.


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