Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton in China

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
September 5, 2012
Secretary Clinton With Foreign Minister Yang in China

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In Beijing September 4-5, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with senior Chinese leaders. During remarks with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Secretary Clinton said:

"...I am pleased to return to China for my fifth visit, I think, although I've lost track, as U.S. Secretary of State. I came on my very first trip in early 2009, and this has been part of our overarching engagement in Asia. And as Minister Yang just said, we have institutionalized a number of mechanisms for ongoing dialogue. Our Strategic and Economic Dialogue, our consultation on People-to-People Exchange, our Strategic Security Dialogue, our Asia Pacific Consultation, our new Middle East Dialogue, and all the rest of our engagement really exemplifies how hard we are working at every level of our government to build habits of cooperation and to open channels of communication. We literally consult with each other almost on a daily basis about every consequential issue facing our nations and the world today.

"As I have said before, our two nations are trying to do something that has never been done in history, which is to write a new answer to the question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet. Both President Obama and I have said frequently that the United States welcomes the rise of a strong, prosperous, and peaceful China. We want China to continue to succeed in delivering economic opportunity to the Chinese people. That will, in turn, have a positive impact on the global economy. We want China to play a greater role in world affairs. That strengthens global stability, helps solve urgent challenges. And we are convinced that our two countries gain far more when we cooperate with one another than when we descend into an unhealthy competition. So we are committed to managing our differences effectively and expanding our cooperation wherever and whenever possible.

"We see this moment as a historic opportunity for our two countries, and indeed, for others as well. To make the most of it, the United States and China must strive to achieve practical outcomes that benefit each of us as well as the broader region and world."

You can read Secretary Clinton's full remarks here. You can follow the Secretary's travel to the Pacific, East Asia, and Russia August 30-September 9 on



South Korea
September 6, 2012

Palgye in South Korea writes:

China Vice President Xi is friend of U.S President?

i want to real and who are selcted?

Just stragedy?

Find a new supporter?

United States
September 9, 2012

Mari in the U.S.A. writes:

Hillary richly deserved the sour reception she got in China. She has completely lost her dignity by refusing to oppose Obama's drive for war.

Peter H.
Maryland, USA
September 13, 2012

Peter H. in Maryland writes:

Has it ever occurred to anyone that maybe, re the Taiwan issue, it's time to politely remind Beijing that our making a mutually respectful peace with those Reactionary Counter-revolutionaries and Running Dogs of English Imperialism north of the Great Lakes back in 1815 did no harm to us in our rise to great power status?


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