February 18th, 2009
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Clinton arrives in Indonesia on tour of Asia

 U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves upon her departure from Tokyo International Airport on Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves upon her departure from Tokyo International Airport on Wednesday.

(CNN) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Indonesia Wednesday on the second stop of her tour of Asia - her first trip abroad as America's top diplomat.

She's expected to huddle with Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda Wednesday evening before meeting with President Bambang Yudhoyono the following morning.

Clinton will "discuss the close and growing partnership with Indonesia and perspectives on common interests in Southeast Asia," according to the State Department Web site.

She began her trip in Japan, where she met with Prime Minister Taro Aso, as well as the foreign and defense ministers.

Clinton left for Asia Sunday and is also slated to travel to China and South Korea to discuss a range of issues, including mutual economic recovery, trade, the prevention of nuclear weapons proliferation and reversing global warming.

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soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Happy 2009!!

    Congratulations Hillary – we love you in California!

    P.S. Sarah Palin – watch and learn from Hillary Clinton – this is how SMART women in politics perform.

    February 18, 2009 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  2. Adam

    We're proud of you. Going Global!

    February 18, 2009 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  3. Proud to be an American

    Hillary, may you be blessed with safe travels as you go afar to do the works of goodwill for our nation.

    February 18, 2009 09:10 am at 9:10 am |
  4. Obama Cares

    even though OUR BANKS and WALL STREET tried to destroy AMERICA, i hope Hillary can convince these other countries that we want to have a good relationship with them.

    February 18, 2009 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  5. bitter_in_pa

    Eight more years of free vacations.

    February 18, 2009 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. pablo

    Go Hillary!

    February 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  7. demwit

    Look at that! Per Obama's lead, Hillary is already in Pakistan taking care of our biggest problems, the Talebon.

    Oh, wait minute...

    February 18, 2009 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  8. Gary

    I'm glad Hill is going to Asia. Japan, China, Korea and India (though she isn't visiting india on this trip) are key economic partners in rebuilding a world economy. I think we all need to take a break from borrowing and spending and look for ways that together we can reduce government spending and increase private economic investment and growth. The growth may be slower but it would be real, not based on too much borrowing. I hope that Hillary can talk frankly with our allies in Asia to get this accomplished.

    February 18, 2009 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. MDM-Real VA

    I am democrat, but I have to ask is there any snipper fire? Quick, run for cover!

    (HeeHeeHahHah)

    February 18, 2009 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  10. Hill the jobseller

    The people there will work for 15 cents an hour.Lookout china,you got competition.Say goodbye to more American jobs and more things made in indonesia.Isnt globalism great?

    February 18, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  11. Joyce in Indiana

    Thank God that diplomacy, rather than bullying, is back in its proper place at the top of the list of tactics. Thank you President Obama and Secy. Clinton.

    February 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  12. Dutch/Hampton Roads, VA

    "To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. " – President Obama(1/20/09)

    February 18, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
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