Office of the Spokesman
October 22, 2010
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Hawaii, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia October 27-November 8.
Secretary Clinton arrives in Honolulu on October 27 where she will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara to discuss a broad range of issues, including our close coordination during our back-to-back Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) host years. This meeting underscores the enduring importance of the U.S.-Japan alliance as a cornerstone of American engagement in the Asia-Pacific. On October 28, for the second time in Hawaii, the Secretary will deliver a major policy speech on the United States’ role as a Pacific nation.
Secretary Clinton will travel to Hanoi on October 29 for her second trip to Vietnam in less than four months. The Secretary will represent the United States at the East Asia Summit and participate in a Lower Mekong Initiative meeting, deepening U.S. engagement with Asia’s multilateral institutions. The Secretary will also meet with Vietnamese leaders. On October 30, the Secretary will depart for Cambodia where she will meet with government and civil society leaders in Phnom Penh and visit Angkor Wat, a UNESCO World Heritage site. She will continue on to Malaysia on November 1 to meet with senior officials, discuss our enhanced ties, promote trade, and discuss educational exchanges between our countries.
On November 3, Secretary Clinton will travel to Papua New Guinea to meet Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and other senior government officials, women leaders and environmental experts. This stop is part of a larger process of enhancing U.S. engagement in the Pacific. She will continue to New Zealand, to meet with senior government officials, including Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully, on a wide range of issues that are important to the forward-looking trajectory of our bilateral relationship. On November 6, Secretary Clinton will travel to Australia to join U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith in Melbourne for the 25th anniversary of the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to discuss regional and global security issues. Secretary Clinton will also meet with Prime Minister Julia Gillard.