Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Travels to China, Bangladesh, and India

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May 1, 2012
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is on travel to China, Bangladesh, and India, departing Washington, D.C. on April 30.

In Beijing May 3-4, Secretary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner will join their Chinese co-chairs, Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, for the fourth joint meeting of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED). As with earlier S&EDs, this year's event will be a "whole-of-government" dialogue that brings together cabinet members and agency heads, as well as other officials and experts, from agencies across both of our governments. In addition, Secretary Clinton will co-chair with Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong the third U.S.-China High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) taking place May 3-4 in Beijing. The CPE aims to enhance and strengthen ties between the citizens of the United States and China in the areas of culture, education, sports, science and technology, and women's issues.

The Secretary will then travel to Bangladesh and India from May 5-8, making stops in Dhaka, Kolkata, and New Delhi. In Dhaka, Secretary Clinton will meet with senior government of Bangladesh officials and civil society representatives to review robust U.S.-Bangladesh cooperation across the full range of political, economic, and security matters. In Kolkata, the Secretary looks forward to meeting state officials and other civil society organization representatives. In New Delhi she will meet with Indian government officials to review progress in the strategic partnership, looking forward to the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue to be held in Washington, D.C. on June 13 and to be co-chaired by Secretary Clinton and Indian Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna.

You can follow the Secretary's travel on www.state.gov.

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just84
May 2, 2012

W.W. writes:

Free Tibet

yuhhh!

men98
May 2, 2012

W.W. writes:

China :

Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?

How about 'reciprocity'! Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself

Patrick
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Maryland, USA
May 2, 2012

Patrick in Maryland writes:

Hi Hillary. I'm glad you are doing well.

I was wondering if you would be discussing diversity in the farming industries as part of your trip . Also, land preservasion in our countries for environment security for economic stability in our countries futures?

This is also important for food security and the stability of working class people of our economies. Just A Thought ...

Have a great trip ....:)

Ashim C.
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India
May 2, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

I am very excited about Mrs. Clinton's visit to Kolkata and would follow closely how that visit pans out. At a time when US is openly committed to augment and deepen it's engagements in South East Asia and Pacific region and encourages South Asian countries like India and Bangladesh to share the responsibility of keeping Asia Pacific region free for peace and development, in this visit to Kolkata she has got a splendid opportunity to reach out and explain how local interests are in synch with US positions regarding South East Asia and Pacific region. Her visit shall give renewed emphasis on Look East policy that India should follow. This to be meaningful necessarily means real integration of India with ASEAN in which eastern states of India have much in stake. So far Look East policy has been like mere words which have to be repeated once in a while by diplomats and policvy makers. If Mrs. Clinton convinces Ms. Mamata Banerjee who is a strong regional leader with huge impact on national politics, there are every possibility look east policy becoming meaningful. But Ms. Banerjee's compulsions to her constituency and regional sensibilitites of her state must be understood, accomodated and responded to by spectacular public announcement of cooperation and collaboration

Ashim C.
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India
May 3, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

Since wrote last, there are reports that Teesta river water sharing pact is on the agenda for discussion. If it is true, Mrs. Clinton's meeting shall be a flop show because water is a matter of concern for rural bengal eternally and that being her support base now after urban middle class support base of Mamata has eroded, she doesn afford to be seen as compromising on her stand on Teesta. If this issue has to be dealt with at all, it should be taken up much later after mood is set right through some big ticket investment for bengal in infrastructure, labour intensive food processing industry, housing and education particularly. Is Mr. Blake listening?

Sunil A.
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India
May 6, 2012

Sunil A. in India writes:

Madam is welcome!! Perhaps Madam is trying to understand the many faced dragon that is India where Manmohan is a usurper to the post of PM he will do just anything by extra constitutional means may be passing a Manmohan Act of parliament with unlimited powers with no precedence on earth and will make anything possible under the manmohan Act. He dam cares what the constitution of India is and what the India statute is in gross /utter contempt of parliamentary working till date. But he poses as a democrat , out to implement the US laws that even Rockfeller will dream of in US to be surreptitiously passaged through the blase parliament just as the nuclear accord , the defense framework SEZ act 2006 . MMS is out to lease the lands of india to colonists and put india on track to slavery. MMS leased valarpadam cochin ICTT to DB world in utter disregard to the sensitive maritime environment of India , it is not clear as to under what laws the ICTT has been leased under the garb of PPP. Manmohan is a traitor.He does not have a integrated brain but multichannel exchange where no data is processed. Beware of MMS and Montek who is not a friend of India or the US but of unknown forces in Dubai World.

And Madam , though your intentions may be good but please mind that India is a state and is not a cobbled up state like USA with purchased lands of various types.India is a civilization and please do honor the sovereignty and integrity of India notwithstanding the jokers ruling at the post of PM. Please do not have designs on india as your colony and please guard india from the corporate sharks who are out to sell india.

Ashim C.
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India
May 6, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

US, hopefully, will not miss noticing the fact that media coverage of her visit to India starting off with a two day (out of three day long visit) stop over in Kolkata is rather subdued. This reflects the mood.

Mrs. Clinton's statement in Dhaka that everyone in doemocracy must row in the same direction because they are in same boat applies to India particularly it's political class. Anandabazar Patrika - a vernacular daily from Kolkata has put in perspective the significance of this vist. Mr. Jayanta Ghoshal, who understands West Bengal polity well has indeed been smart in reporting that a visit by a delegation of West Bengal Government to China for promotion Chinese investment in the the state. With China sitting over a huge surplus of foreign exchange, some very relevent technologies for a state like West Bengal with much cost advantage as compared to similar technologies from developed countries of North America and Europe and Pacific region, one imagines US has to act fast and much would depend on how sincerely and frankly the leaders Clinton and Mamata reach out to each other. Imagine China offering to invest in this state to develop it's chemical industries, engineering and food processing industry aling with participation in building it's infrastructure including power projects and ports... it will seriously impact USA's position of eminenence in South and South East Asia.

This visit of Mrs. Clinton has unprecedented challenges. It is a situation in which she will have to take three or more steps to reach Ms. Banerjee to find she is not even inching forward. Ms. Banerjee is no diplomat ... she is a person with raw intelligence with a vision for her people. Therefore, Mrs. Clinton must bring into play her instincts to understand and choose the best course for USA. Her success in Bengal shall be watched by other eastern states where US business is hardly invested worth talking about.

Sunil A.
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India
May 7, 2012

Sunil A. in India writes:

Madam is welcome !!Perhaps Madam is trying to understand the many faced dragon that is India where Manmohan is a usurper to the post of PM he will do just anything by extra constitutional means may be passing a Manmohan Act of parliament with unlimited powers with no precedence on earth and will make anything possible under the manmohan Act. He dam cares what the constitution of India is and what the India statute is in gross /utter contempt of parliamentary working till date. But he poses as a democrat , out to implement the US laws that even Rockfeller will dream of in US to be surreptitiously passaged through the blase parliament just as the nuclear accord , the defense framework SEZ act 2006 . MMS is out to lease the lands of india to colonists and put india on track to slavery. MMS leased valarpadam cochin ICTT to DB world in utter disregard to the sensitive maritime environment of India , it is not clear as to under what laws the ICTT has been leased under the garb of PPP. Manmohan is a traitor.He does not have a integrated brain but multichannel exchange where no data is processed. Beware of MMS and Montek he is not a friend of India or the US but of unknown forces in Dubai World.

And Madam , though your intentions may be good but please mind that India is a state and is not a cobbled up state like USA with purchased lands of various types.India is a civilization and please do honor the sovereignty and integrity of India notwithstanding the jokers ruling at the post of PM. Please do not have designs on india as your colony and please guard india from the corporate sharks who are ourt to sell india.

Ashim C.
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India
May 8, 2012

Ashim C. in India writes:

One would like to of Mrs. Clinton's visit to Kolkata as a good and promising beginning. Though politicians and diplomats would have people believe that they strictly discuss what they say they discussed, follow up of next 2 months onwards would indicate what transpired between Mrs. Clinton and Ms Banerjee. First thing that should happen now is create a business forum where business men based in West Bengal and other eastern Indian states like Assam, Orisa, Jharkhand and North East are represented along with US partner states and industry. That forum should be supported by think tanks to not only identify area of cooperation but also design forward looking models of inclusive development, which former leftist government of West Bengal could not even concieve of for example despite all it's pro-people pretensions. Without such a forum where Goenka's, Kolkata based Birla's, ITC, and possibly WBDIC can be included, forces that are inimical to growth of above mentioned eastern states can have unchallenged opportunity to scuttle what little has been achieved and that in turn would obstruct USA's mission of deepening it's engagement in South and South East Asia. Already, one finds media and leftist efforts in India to corner Ms. Mamata Banerjee by projecting that she is compromising on issues of FDI and regional issues. This is not to say that Ms. Banerjee must not change her position on the entire gamut matters related globalisation. Her hands need to be strengthened for such shifts. The proposed forum must become a reality well before US Presidential polls. Based on what little one has seen in her body language, she seems to be visibly elated by the meeting and to this extent Mrs. Clinton has succeded.

Viresh
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India
August 10, 2012

Viresh in India writes:

I think Secretary Clinton had visited India is the best thing, let see if any suggestion of her will apply in India parliament.

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