Hillary Clinton chose to visit Asia on her first trip as U.S. Secretary of State. Clinton said about the decision, "I chose to go to Asia deliberately in order to send that message that we are reaching out. We do see Asia as part of America's future." On the trip Secretary Clinton visited Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China. Hillary Clinton chose to visit Asia on her first trip as U.S. Secretary of State. Clinton said about the decision, "I chose to go to Asia deliberately in order to send that message that we are reaching out. We do see Asia as part of America's future." On the trip Secretary Clinton visited Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China.
Clinton and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi discussed the upcoming meeting of U.S. President Barak Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao at the G20 economic summit in London. China is the top holder of U.S. Treasury bills with almost US$696.2 billion as of December. Japan follows with US$578.3 billion. Clinton asked that China continue to buy securities from the U.S. Treasury.
"By continuing to support American Treasury instruments the Chinese are recognizing our interconnection. We are truly going to rise or fall together," Clinton said
The United States and China are the top two emitters of greenhouse gases, so it is no surprise that Clinton also addressed clean energy and climate change during her talks with President Hu Jintao and Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao.
Also in remarks after meeting with Yang, Clinton said, “Our bilateral relationships cover a broad range of issues, but we make clear to all nations, including China, that a mutual and collective commitment to human rights is important to bettering our world as our efforts on security, global economics, energy, climate change, and other pressing issues. With that in mind, Foreign Minister Yang and I discussed the resumption of the human rights dialogue between our two countries. While we may disagree on these issues, open discussions will continue to be a key part of our approach. And human rights is part of our comprehensive agenda.”
Despite the points of disagreement, such as human rights, Tibet, and the incident between the U.S. ship, Impeccable, and Chinese vessels, the main message of Clinton’s visit to China was cooperation.
Clinton stated that, “the United States intends to work together with China to build a positive, cooperative, and comprehensive relationship, and to work together with China to address common challenges and seize common opportunities.”