Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in Hawaii

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
October 28, 2010
Secretary Clinton Shakes Hands with Japanese Foreign Minister Maehara

Secretary Clinton met with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara in Honolulu, Hawaii on October 27. Speaking to the press, the Secretary said, "it is a pleasure to be back in Hawaii and an even greater pleasure to be hosting the foreign minister here in Honolulu. I appreciate very much his willingness to take the long trip from Japan to be here.

"And it is a fitting venue to continue the productive discussions that I began with the foreign minister in New York last month. This year, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our alliance, which was forged at the height of the Cold War. At the time, President Eisenhower described the indestructible partnership between our two countries, and time has proven him right. The world's geopolitical landscape has shifted many times since then, but the partnership between the United States and Japan has endured because it is based on deep friendship between our people, on mutual respect, and on common goals and values.

"This alliance is the cornerstone of American strategic engagement in the Asia Pacific. It has helped both countries prosper and weather economic storms. It has underwritten peace and security, and it has allowed us to cooperate on a range of global issues, including nuclear nonproliferation, climate change, combating violent extremism, and I'm grateful that we are the two largest contributors to reconstruction in Afghanistan.

"We are also cooperating on the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding North Korea and Iran. Last month, the United States welcomed the sanctions that Japan imposed on Iran. They underscored the resolve of the international community to support a global sanctions regime aimed at countering Iran's nuclear ambitions. Joining likeminded nations around the world, Japan has emphasized the message that Tehran must meet its international responsibilities.

"The foreign minister and I consulted on base realignment issues and the replacement facility at Futenma. The goal of our two governments remains unchanged: Both countries want an arrangement that is operationally viable and politically sustainable. That means the United States will reduce the impact of our bases on host communities while at the same time maintaining the capabilities that we need to meet our commitment to defend Japan and the Japanese people and the security of the region. We look forward to working with the Government of Japan to build local support for a final plan for the replacement facility.

"The foreign minister and I also discussed Japan's leadership role as host of APEC 2011. As you know, the United States will be hosting APEC in 2012 -- or in 2011, so we are working closely to coordinate our agendas. The President is looking very much forward to being in Japan for the APEC meetings.

"We are looking beyond our governments, touching on joint efforts to increase people-to-people connections, especially student exchanges, and we are looking also to build on what we signed just recently, a memorandum of understanding for an open skies agreement. Under this initiative, airlines rather than governments will decide which cities to serve, establish flight schedules, and set fares.

"Finally, the foreign minister and I discussed among other issues one that is of particular importance for parents and children in both countries. The Japanese Government is taking steps toward ratifying the Hague Convention on International Parental Child Abduction and enhancing parents' basic visitation rights. I am encouraged by this progress.

"So I thank the minister for a two-hour meeting that was in-depth and very focused on deepening and broadening our relationship. I look forward to continuing to work with him, and I am confident that together we can help to improve the lives of the people of our countries as well as the larger region."

You can read the full transcript here.

A fact sheet on United States-Japan 2010 Joint Projects in APEC is available here.

Secretary Clinton is traveling to Hawaii, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia October 27-November 8. You can learn about the Secretary's trip here.

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SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
October 28, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
October 28, 2010

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Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
October 28, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
October 28, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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An urgent press-conference is required outside Ukraine the supposed place Great Britain with participation Victor Yanukovych, Julia Timoshenko and other known politicians of Ukraine with participation their near acquaintances and relatives.

Benjamin
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Japan
October 28, 2010

Benjamin in Japan writes:

It sounds like this high-level talk could be the first steps to insure that both parents are given their basic rights to see and visit their children after a divorce. I have heard stories in Japan of parents of foreign nationality being refused the right to see their children after separation. According to those afflicted, Japanese courts tend to settle in favor of the Japanese national and give them exclusive parental rights after the separation is complete. It is necessary that such violations of parental liberties not be revoked especially with foreign residents. The Hague Convention does not permit this-and Japan having a developed and just judicial system-should not administer these practices.

kathy
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China
October 31, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

The fishing islands are belong to China forever.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
October 31, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Kathy In China,

If I took you out to dinner and the restaurant only had one plate of food left to serve both of us, would you share your's with me?

If so, then may I suggest China and Japan simply draw straws to see who picks the first island and then take turns picking till there's no islands left to argue about?

Or failing that, maybe you'all could get a Chinese comedian and a Japanese one together and hold a Rally for Sanity and /or Fear like a couple good fellows did on the Mall in DC the other day...could be a lot of fun.

See it on C-span.org

It's a dysfunctional world and I think we need to change that.

Best,

EJ

Kathy
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China
November 1, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

@Eric in New Mexico,

“If I took you out to dinner and the restaurant only had one plate of food left to serve both of us, would you share your's with me?”

Personally, I will share it with my good friend,which base on the good-fellowship of us.

Japanese once intruded our country many years ago,which hurt my emotion with Japan very much.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 1, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Kathy,

Same friedly folks that brought us Pearl Harbor and a lot of hassle throughout the Pacific. But you just gotta let it go...they were defeated and that mindset is no longer in power. We've made friends of former enemies, because what else is there that nations can do to move on?

We're talking about uninhabited islands (except for birds mostly) and what's surrounding in the way of fishing grounds.

Reasonable people need not fear sharing the bounty.

That's in part how you put history to rest.

And attitude is everything.

Trust me, the fish don't care who catches them. (chuckle)

I'd be far more concerned with your government's irrational support of 'lil Kim and son thinking they are creating "stability" in the region if I was a Chinese citizen, because there's nothing creating stability with such a policy.

It's like your pet dog got rabies, escaped his leash and is running around the neigborhood biting the kids playing in the street.

Needs to be put down before all hell breaks loose.

And if he bites us, we'll definately hold your government responsible for its failure to be a responsible member of the international community.

The mindset that started WW2 is alive and well in North Korea, and that is a fact no one can live in peace with for long at this point.

And China will not be able to pay the bill the American people send you if 'lil Kim starts a war that was never finished in his mind.

Take care,

EJ

Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
November 1, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
November 2, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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Mr.SpanskiPilot
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Ukraine
November 2, 2010

S.P. in Ukraine writes:

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Kathy
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China
November 2, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

@Eric in New Mexico,

It seem that your opinion represent the stand of United States, But as a chinese citizen,I will insist that the fishing islands are belong to China forever because the chinese pick the first islands in chinese history.

Kathy
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China
November 2, 2010

Kathy in China writes:

@Secretary Clinton,

Althought there are debate between China and Japan about the sovereignty of fishing islands,Personally,I will support the stand of Secretary Clinton forever,because you are my image.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
November 2, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@Kathy,

Resolution of this only requires the willingness to meet and find the basis for compromise.

Whether China and Japan can do this by yourselves is possible..well The Sec. of State offered to mediate because we surely don't want to see hostilities break out over them. Plus the fact that so far both nations have been "insisting" and haven't reached any middle ground on this to be able to resolve it over many years now.

The more it affect the overall bilateral relations between your two nations, the less uinderstanding can be reached on every issue between you, and that becomes a real negative for everyone in the region, including us.

Which is why the offer to mediate was put forward.
The US doesn't hold attachment to who maintains soveregnity over them, but we definately do hold attachment to good relations among nations and maintaining the peace in the region.

And in this, whether your government considers this issue "our buisiness" or not, they should understand that it is in our interests to have this resolved in a way that brooks no further argument between nations.

It really detracts from a lot more important work we need to do on a cooperative basis between nations in the region to address our common problems in the world.

Good luck with it.

Long ago I believe a few dissident Chinese set sail and settled what is now Japan, I don't think you're laying claim to thier entire home island chain now are you?

That would just be silly.

The Japanese lost the Kurils to Russia at the end of WW2 and they need to get over that just as China needs to get over itself with respect to laying claim for historical reason.

If two nations can share the wealth, and are willing to, then these disagreements over who owns what no longer present problems between you.

What I say may or not be my government's official position on the matter, as a Budhhist I regard the level of attachment expressed as not being historicly relevent, and not in accordance with the philosophical roots of both your nations.

That's just how I see this.

Best,

EJ

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