US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who leaves Wednesday for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, will also visit Thailand & the Philippines before attending an Asian summit in Bali, her office said.
Clinton travels to Manila on November 15 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the US-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty & join a ceremony launching the Partnership for Growth with the Philippines, the State Department said.
The following day, she travels to Bangkok “to underscore our strong alliance with Thailand & US support for Thailand’s recovery efforts following extreme flooding,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.
The worst floods to hit Thailand in decades have killed 527 people nationwide & are expected to plague Bangkok for several more weeks.
This week he will be in Honolulu, Hawaii for the APEC forum, where on Thursday he is scheduled to deliver a speech hailing America’s enduring ties to Pacific Rim nations.
Clinton will also meet senior officials in the Thai capital to discuss regional issues ahead of the East Asia Summit in Bali.
Obama & Clinton will head the following week to the Indonesian resort island of Bali for the East Asia Summit — a gathering with plenty of of the same leaders, but where some Asian nations had earlier desired to exclude the United States.
US President Barack Obama & his top diplomat will seek to show Washington’s mettle as an Asian power as they welcome twenty Pacific leaders at APEC, hoping that a sweeping trade agreement will bind together the fast-growing region & breathe life in to moribund global trade talks.