Lian, like many orphan children in China, is in an institution waiting for a loving, permanent home. His story, for me, is the epitome of my work these past two years in the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Office of Children’s Issues, the Central Authority for the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Hague Adoption Convention). Lian is protected and secure because of the laws and regulations that China implemented when they became a member of the Hague Adoption Convention. He will become part of a loving, permanent family, who will know all of the medical issues he faces and all of his history while in the care of the Chinese system before he joins them in the United States. His new family will be prepared to support… more »
U.S. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner delivers remarks at the 17th U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on July 25, 2012. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript]
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 24, 2012
Today the U.S.-China Human Rights Dialogue concluded in Washington, DC. Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner and Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for International Organizations and Conferences Chen Xu led respective delegations to the Dialogue, which included a visit to the United States Supreme Court and nongovernmental and media organizations. Rule of law, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, labor rights, and other human rights issues of concern were discussed during the two-day event. The Human Rights Dialogue is an important mechanism to reinforce the messages, including on specific cases, that the United States delivers consistently and at the highest levels on these issues.
The United States conducted the world’s first nuclear explosive test, codenamed “Trinity,” 67 years ago this month in the southern New Mexico desert. The atomic age was born.
The former Soviet Union conducted a test of its own nuclear device four years later, sparking an arms race that saw more than 2,000 nuclear explosive tests in the decades to follow.
The Trinity Test had an explosive yield of 10 kilotons (releasing an energy equivalent of 10,000 metric tons of dynamite). The test was literally an earthshaking feat in the fields of science and technology, but also a sobering moment for those involved. It ushered in nearly two decades of further atmospheric testing of nuclear devices.
"[It was] an awesome and foul display," Harvard Physicist and Trinity Test Director Kenneth Bainbridge said.
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 18, 2012
The following op-ed written by Secretary Clinton appears in New Statesman:
As the balance of world power shifts, the US is developing a novel range of diplomatic, social, economic, political and security tools to fix the world’s complex new geopolitical problems.
I touched down in Beijing in May for the fourth round of the US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue with a jam-packed agenda, but the world’s attention was focused instead on the fate of a blind human rights dissident who had sought refuge in the American embassy. Suddenly, an already delicate trip had become an outsized test of the US-China relationship.
Throughout history, the rise of new powers usually has played out in zero-sum terms. So it is not surprising that the emergence of countries such as China, India and Brazil has raised questions about the future of the global order that the United States, the United Kingdom and our allies have helped build and defend. Against this backdrop, those few days in May took on even greater significance: could the US and China write a new answer to the old question of what happens when an established power and rising power meet?
When I became secretary of state in early 2009, there were questions about the future of America’s global leadership. We faced two long and expensive wars, an economy in free fall, fraying alliances and an international system that seemed to be buckling under the weight of new threats. MORE.
Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Assistant Secretary Anne C. Richard Travels to Portland, Oregon
Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC July 17, 2012
Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard will travel on July 19, 2012, to Portland, Oregon to participate in an event hosted by Mercy Corps to discuss the United States’ humanitarian aid and development strategy with the All China Youth Federation.
On July 20, Assistant Secretary Richard will meet with resettled refugees, local and state government officials, resettlement agencies and other community members involved in the resettlement of refugees.
Since 2009, Portland has welcomed nearly 2,700 refugees from 32 countries. For information about this visit or refugee resettlement, please contact PRM’s Public Affairs Advisor Deborah Sisbarro PRM-Press-DL@state.gov or (202) 453-9339.
On July 11, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Secretary Clinton participated in regional conferences, to both chair and attend ministerial events and to participate in bilateral meetings with Cambodian officials. Regional conferences included the ASEAN Regional Forum, the East Asia Summit Foreign Ministers Meeting, and the U.S.-ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference. Secretary Clinton co-chaired the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Ministerial as well as chaired the Friends of the… more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton comments on ASEAN and U.S.-China relations at the top of a meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on July 12, 2012. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2012/07/194889.htm.
On June 27-29, the State Department welcomed the other members of the P5 — China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom — to discuss the implementation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Senior policy and defense officials and technical staff from these four countries and the United States continued the dialogue that the permanent members of the UN Security Council — the P5 — are having to advance their nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament commitments under the 2010 NPT Review Conference’s Action Plan.
The Action Plan reflects the understanding that efforts to strengthen the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty must be balanced among the three pillars of the NPT: countries with nuclear weapons will move toward nuclear disarmament, countries without nuclear weapons will not acquire them, and all members in compliance with their nonproliferation… more »
U.S. and Chinese Officials to Discuss Partnerships for Development and Diplomacy at Roundtable Event
Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC June 12, 2012
On June 13, the Global Partnership Initiative in collaboration with the Center for Strategic and International Studies will host a roundtable discussion about the value of public-private partnerships for strategic diplomacy and development outcomes. The event will focus on China’s recent announcement that it will join the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership of leading countries and private sector representatives working together to reduce one of the leading causes of death amongst women in the developing world — exposure to harmful cookstove smoke.
The Secretary’s Special Representative for Global Partnerships Kris Balderston, Economic Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. Li Bin, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Assistant Administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation’s Gina McCarthy, and Executive Director for the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ Radha Muthiah will participate in the roundtable discussion. MORE