Hi, I’m Kurt Campbell, and I’m the Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs. And tomorrow, Secretary Clinton will be making her fifth trip to Asia as Secretary of State. And, this is a very important trip. We’re going to Japan, China for the Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Beijing, and also to open the American Pavilion in Shanghai as part of the Shanghai Expo, and then stopping in South Korea on the way home.
My office is in charge of putting these trips together, and so when you see them on TV or you read about them in the newspaper, they look glamorous and glitzy, but I can tell you behind the scenes, we’re working throughout the night, putting our talking points together, making sure that every element of this trip comes together so that it’s successful.
This is one of the largest delegations of American officials ever to go to China. We’ve got 16 cabinet heads from virtually every important agency inside the U.S. government, and really almost hundreds of officials that are traveling with them for a deep and broad and sustained engagement with Chinese friends on every issue – on climate, on regional security, and the like.
Secretary Clinton has been preparing for this trip really for weeks, months if anything, and we’re anxious to get started on the discussions about really pressing issues – the sinking of the Korean ship, the troubles in Thailand, and the ongoing interactions with the new Japanese government.
So you can follow the trip on the State.gov, or our Twitter account. And we will be filing reports on the road, and we look forward to keeping you up to date on our developments.