February 16th, 2009
05:53 AM ET
6 years ago

Clinton departs to Asia for first overseas trip as secretary of state

Hillary Clinton seeks improved relations with China, where she said the U.S.  would renew military contacts.
Hillary Clinton seeks improved relations with China, where she said the U.S. would renew military contacts.

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska  (CNN) – Hillary Clinton says her first overseas trip to Asia as secretary of state is aimed at creating a "network of partners" to tackle problems that no nation can deal with alone, including the global economic crisis.

En route to Asia on Sunday, Clinton told reporters that the economy would serve as the backdrop of her trip, and she intends to explain steps the United States is taking with its $787 billion stimulus bill. She said she will be "seeking cooperation on ways that we are going to work through these very difficult economic times."

Clinton is slated to travel to Japan, China, South Korea and Indonesia to discuss a range of issues, including mutual economic recovery, trade, the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation and reversing the global warming trend.

The trip represents a departure from a diplomatic tradition under which the first overseas trip by the secretary of state in a new administration is to Europe.

Speaking at the New York-based Asia Society last week, Clinton said the Obama administration wants to "develop a broader and deeper" relationship with Asia, a region that has felt overlooked by the United States despite its growing global importance.

"It demonstrates clearly that our new administration wants to focus a lot of time and energy in working with Asian partners and all the nations in the Pacific region," she said, "because we know that so much of our future depends upon our relationships there."

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. JB

    She better get on her knees and beg china not to recall our debt. As of the "stimulus" we owe China, a communist nation who hates us, 1.8 trillion dollars. Does this make sense to anyone?

    If they do recall, our economy is done. All of those balances on your monthly statements, gone. Your job, gone. Your house, gone. The word derpression would not explain the issues we would be dealing with.

    February 16, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. protectionist

    How many of our jobs can she sell them now?

    February 16, 2009 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  3. Paul

    Pity she won't stay there.

    February 16, 2009 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  4. yuri

    Hi Hillary-

    We would, at any cost, like to see some of the Asian nations behave properly. How about wielding some of your diplomatic sticks with a dose of savoire faire? N. Korea has a tendency to act like a smart alec in a herky jerky fashion. Let's atleast bring it to the negotiating table and we are positive it will be a cake walk for you.

    February 16, 2009 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  5. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    Have a safe trip HRC. Stay away from the Mu-gu-gai-pan.

    February 16, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  6. dan in Tucson

    Go Hillary go. Get out there and make us some money so we can pay this horrible debt bestowed upon us.

    February 16, 2009 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  7. Mulugeta

    Madame Secretary,

    Hopefully your smart Diplomacy will make our great Country better off.
    in the caming days, months and years. Our foreign Policy should be always based on mutual understanding, Respect and common Goal for All Human being.
    I am very confident that You and your Team understand the 21st Century Challenge here Home and abroad.

    I wish you all the best and success in your trip.

    February 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. demwit

    Good riddence..

    February 16, 2009 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  9. ronvan

    I am so fed up with all of this political garbage!! John McCain? Are you really that screwed up? His FELLOW REPUBLICANS!! Just as screwed up!! In reading & watching TV, I have YET to hear one, so called, EXPERT, say they have the answer to all of our problems! Our President is TRYING!! I have no doubts that the republicans are going to church, PRAYING, that this stimulus package fails totally!!
    WHY? Not because they are interested in the American people or this country. If President Obama's plans do work then it will be the end of the republican party and they deserve it.

    February 16, 2009 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  10. ANGIE-OH

    Good luck Sec. of State Clinton. Now we have a real person and not just a bush/cheney puppet.

    February 16, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  11. SA in OO

    I do think this was her calling. Hillary might have been a good president, but believe she really could end up being one of the best Secretaries of State we have had, in a time when this postions couldn't be more important.

    February 16, 2009 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  12. ronvan

    So Hillary is going to Asia. Iran wants to talk. And other countries have already said they will do the same, wishing President Obama good luck and seeing a CHANGE in how America does business.
    It is NO surprise to me. President Obama has, in this short time, done more to try and get this country back on track than the disgusting and terrorizing tactics of the republicans.

    February 16, 2009 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  13. Scott, Tucson

    And in the mean time, Bill is renewing acquaintances with Monica in a near-by broom closet.

    February 16, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  14. janet

    Thank God someone is doing there job while the rock star Obama runs all over the country so his fans get to see him it would be nice if washington could see him once and while,

    February 16, 2009 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  15. S Callahan

    Oh Geez...you want a partner to deal with the economic crisis that no nation can do alone then call on God!
    You know Hillary that money is fleeting....just please...don't sell anymore of our country for your golden dollar.

    Have a safe trip.

    February 16, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  16. TCM

    FOR WHAT? Obama stripped her of her authority and responsibilities, virtually leaving her a paper lion...why? Because the Clintons know the scoop on him, as well as Gov Blag..

    February 16, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  17. Doug, New Jersey

    Well I would hope China would be very supportive of Mrs. Clinton, after all her husband gave them all of our latest military technology.

    February 16, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  18. Ruzzon

    go Hillary !! you're the greatests !!

    February 16, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. chris

    Her suit is FABULOUS! Appropriate and quite regal.

    February 16, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  20. obama-mama

    Good luck Hillary, Knock 'em dead.

    February 16, 2009 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  21. John NC

    At least we are not having to look at her as much now.

    February 16, 2009 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  22. Tom in Delaware

    Cool...Hillary's got something to do.

    February 16, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  23. DNC

    Considering the number of "special envoys" within the State Dept. ranks, it appeared Hillary only had to point, laugh and speak in ever expanding concentric circles in order to fulfill her new job requirements. Now add travel and covert acceptance of gifts to the lists.

    February 16, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. DNC

    Considering the number of "special envoys" within the State Dept. ranks, it appeared Hillary only had to point, laugh and speak in ever expanding concentric circles in order to fulfill her new job requirements. Now add travel and covert acceptance of gifts to the list

    February 16, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
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