STATEMENT BY VICTORIA NULAND, SPOKESPERSON
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Travel to Hawaii, the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii; Manila, Philippines; Bangkok, Thailand and Bali, Indonesia November 9-19, 2011, underscoring U.S. efforts to fully engage the region's multilateral institutions and to strengthen key alliances.
Secretary Clinton will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii November 9 for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum. On November 10, Secretary Clinton will give remarks at the East-West Center, recapping the APEC 2011 year and underscoring America's Pacific century. She will also meet bilaterally with a number of foreign ministers and representatives from the Asia-Pacific region. Later that evening, she will co-host the APEC Ministers Dinner with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.
On November 11, Secretary Clinton will co-host, along with Ambassador Ron Kirk, a joint session with foreign and trade ministers. Secretary Clinton will lead her foreign minister counterparts at a High-Level Dialogue on Disaster Resiliency and chair a working luncheon High-Level Dialogue on Open Governance and Economic Growth. Later that afternoon, Secretary Clinton will deliver remarks at the APEC CEO Summit, highlighting the benefits of broader inclusion of women in the global economy. On November 12, the Secretary will host a meeting of Pacific Island leaders as part of the Administration’s commitment to ongoing dialogue with this region. On November 12-13, Secretary Clinton joins President Obama for his bilateral meetings and the North American Leaders Summit.
Secretary Clinton will travel to Manila, Philippines on November 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty. Her visit there will underscore the Administration’s ongoing broader efforts to reaffirm and broaden our alliances. In addition to meetings with Philippine officials on November 16, Secretary Clinton will also participate in a signing ceremony to launch the implementation phase of the Partnership for Growth with the Philippines.
On November 16, Secretary Clinton will travel to Bangkok, Thailand to underscore our strong alliance with Thailand and U.S. support for Thailand’s recovery efforts following severe flooding. She will meet with senior officials to discuss shared interests and regional issues in advance of the East Asia Summit.
Secretary Clinton will travel to Bali, Indonesia November 17-19 for the East Asia Summit and the U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting.
She returns to Washington, D.C. on November 19.