February 3rd, 2009
06:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Bucking tradition, Clinton to head for Asia

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Bucking tradition, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will bypass Europe and travel to Asia on her maiden voyage overseas, diplomats familiar with the planning said Tuesday.

Clinton is expected to visit China, Japan and South Korea on her first trip overseas. The diplomats said she may also add other stops, including one in Southeast Asia.

The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because Clinton's schedule was still being finalized. The State Department has not commented on her travel plans.

Making Asia Clinton's first overseas destination illustrates the Obama administration's desire for a broader partnership with China and its commitment to resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, as well as strengthening ties with Tokyo and Seoul, the diplomats said.

The White House said President Barack Obama told Chinese President Hu Jintao in a Friday phone call that he looked forward to "to early contacts and exchanges between senior officials of our two countries."

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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. yuri

    A trip to India, and, perhaps, to pugnacious Pakistan, might calm some nerves. Recent Mumbai attacks by alleged Pakistanis, is perchance reaching a tipping point. The mischief mongering nations, if any, can be nudged and admonished by Hillary to clean up the place and jettison terrorism.

    February 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  2. MIMI

    I hope President Obama keeps an eye on her activities and she can refrain from bending thr truth.

    February 3, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  3. Scott, Tucson

    Maybe Hillary will be asking the Chinese to bail her out from her debts?

    February 3, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  4. Mark

    I hope the Clintons dont give North Korea free fuel without checking their activities again like they did in the 90's!

    February 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  5. april

    Hillary first mission is to clean up after the president, vice president and Geitner for accusing their banker China of manipulating currency, it's just that simple. Send in the only one with any brains.

    February 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  6. april

    Hillary first mission is to clean up after the president, vice president and Geitner for accusing their banker China of manipulating currency, it's just that simple.

    February 3, 2009 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  7. kelly WI

    I was wondering what she'd be doing with herself since all those "special" envoys were hired to do her work. now we can wait for all the quarreling amongst them. Then we can be prepared for more tax hikes to pay off those countries.

    February 3, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  8. Prof. X

    Go Hill Go! Take Bill with you! Don't come back!

    February 3, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  9. Rick in WA

    Matt, you must be very disappointed that the worst posts, so far, are from Hillary supporters, not GOPers. It's great!

    February 3, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  10. Bob in Pa

    Needs to pay back some of Bill's debt to the Chinese

    February 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  11. Matt

    @ Welcome to the Obama Show

    Yeah, copy & paste is certainly a useful function when you only have one thing to say. How many articles are you going to post that under?

    February 3, 2009 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  12. Matt

    @ Mike in VA

    You're an idiot. If anyone should be smacked around for dealing with the Chinese it's Bush, who borrowed obscene amounts of money from them to fund his unjustified and baseless Iraq nonsense. You would do well to have factual underpinnings for your comments.

    February 3, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  13. Matt

    @ Kelly WI

    More idiocy. Envoy are appointed by every POTUS. Grow up.

    February 3, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. usa

    ---i just don't trust the Clinonts....i really don't....

    February 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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