Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Meets With Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Indonesia

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 22, 2011

While in Indonesia today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with People's Republic of China Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to address the wide range of common interests between the United States and China and discuss ways to advance our shared goal of maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. In pursuit of this goal, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Yang announced the intention of the United States and China to pursue several areas of practical cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. Specifically, the United States and China:

-- Intend to cooperate with the Government of Timor-Leste to promote agricultural development and food security in Timor-Leste;

-- Decided that the U.S. Agency for International Development and the China Earthquake Administration will cooperate with ASEAN and the UN-led International Search and Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) to strengthen collaboration on Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in Asia; and

-- Announced the intention of U.S. Pacific Command's Center of Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance and the People's Liberation Army to cooperate with ASEAN partners to strengthen regional capacity building efforts in the area of Disaster Relief and Response.

Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Yang also underscored their resolve to identify additional areas of concrete regional cooperation to advance common interests and contribute to efforts to build a more stable, peaceful, and prosperous Asia-Pacific region for the 21st century. Before their meeting, Secretary Clinton said:

"...We have much to discuss when it comes to our bilateral relationship, as well as regional and global issues. I think we will review the progress that we have made since the excellent meeting that our presidents held during President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington. And, of course, I extend greetings to him from President Obama.

"We will also have a chance to review the work we did at the strategic and economic dialogue that furthered our cooperation in a number of critical areas. And I want to commend China and ASEAN for working so closely together to include implementation guidelines for the declaration of conduct in the South China Sea. And, of course, we will discuss our mutual desire for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. And I look forward to addressing these and other important issues with you."

You can read the full transcript of the Secretary's remarks here.



New Mexico, USA
July 22, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ FM Yang c/o Dipnote blog & friends,

Dear Sir,

As we say here in America, "it's show-me time".

What we have here is a world in one heck of a conundrum, trying to beat the heat or simply beat the heck out of each other, and that's why we have diplomats.

As an evolutionary process of the dispariging gap between humanity's technological prowess and our collective lack of empathy that holds us back as a species, in so many ways not using our tools properly and wasting time and resource on the tools of war, with so many unintended concequenses as attachment for generations to come.

However, I have to commend the international community for taking swift action with the mechanisms at hand to put in blue and pass UNSC resolution involving "All neccessary measures..." in regards to halting the war Ghaddafi wages on his people.

31 days sir, which happens to be within the gestation period of a rabbit. Not bad.

Vast improvement in efficiancy of purpose, yet one thing perplexes me, at what point did folks decide to put caveats upon the word "all" ???

Perhaps the only legitimate caveat is whether a nation has the physical capacity in an organized manner to meet the need.

If that be the case, then what risk run; if one has the capacity to remove a regime that threatens to wage nuclear war on its neighbors with impunity and rejects 6-party talks as serious ones, and a chance to walk the road to peace?

And if the regime's supporters, national and otherwise, can't stop the insanity in time to prevent such a war's possibility, when they have the capacity to do so, and have had so for decades?

Frankly I would be upset to see anyone incur such loss of face and the karma that is attached to having allowed this to happen.

Be hard to do business with them after that.

Consider this a risk assesment and a perspective offered in good will.

Hope your government will live up to your words, because there's a lot riding on a Korean peninsula at peace, not this.

Best Regards,


Gerard G.
July 24, 2011

Gerard G. in Malaysia writes:

I think the U.S. attention to and involvement in ASEAN is timely, wise and necessary for all parties! Congrats!

South Korea
July 26, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:
i think, he is also.....
can canditate to,

he just want independent of japan, i think.

wanna President? he is also.
we knows three person in japan, how about have a try seletion poll to japan citizen`s opinion. the result is come out, we obey their`s will.
(maybe, because of he met china man living in Běijīng-中南海?)

if not making Job, very hard.
first thing is Job.

South Korea
July 26, 2011

Palgye in South Korea writes:

Newspaper articles on Norway is a coincidence? Or ... I'm trying to find someone, I keep, I'm certain there was no way to obtain information about what I think. Keep everything the current government of South Korea, eavesdropping and surveillance, and I think they'd hurt me.


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