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
Message on the Twenty-Third Anniversary of Tiananmen Square
Mark C. Toner Deputy Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
June 3, 2012
On this the twenty-third anniversary of the violent suppression by Chinese authorities of the spring 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations, the United States joins the international community in remembering the tragic loss of innocent lives.
We encourage the Chinese government to release all those still serving sentences for their participation in the demonstrations; to provide a full public accounting of those killed, detained or missing; and to end the continued harassment of demonstration participants and their families.
We renew our call for China to protect the universal human rights of all its citizens; release those who have been wrongfully detained, prosecuted, incarcerated, forcibly disappeared, or placed under house arrest; and end the ongoing harassment of human rights activists and their families.
On May 13-16, I joined Assistant Secretary of Education Brenda Dann-Messier at the Third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), hosted by UNESCO and the government of China. Over the course of four days, we heard from participants around the world about how important technical and vocational education is and what it can do to change people’s lives and transform economies.
Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong said that technical and vocational education is a key part of creating green development and supporting emerging and high-tech industries. As new industries emerge, we will need to prepare the global… more »
Touring a city with a group of students, parents, siblings, and teachers could be conceived as a relatively ordinary experience, except that I was touring the Forbidden City with American high school students studying abroad in China on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. The parents and siblings were members of their Chinese host families and the teachers are from their international high school, Beijing 80, known for its excellent academics and offering a unique cultural experience for its 3,000 students. The American students, who represent all corners of the United States, are perfecting their Mandarin skills, taking advantage of after school activities, living with host families, and learning about China’s… more »
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on U.S.-China relations during the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, China on May 4, 2012. She says, “Together the United States and China are trying to do something that is historically unprecedented, to write a new answer to the age-old question of what happens when an established power and a rising power meet.” [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]