Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro will travel to Australia, New Zealand, and China November 9-16.
In Wellington November 11-12, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will hold consultations with senior officials, highlighting our ongoing commitment to developing the U.S.-New Zealand bilateral security relationship in peacekeeping, joint military exercises, and defense trade.
In Perth November 13-14, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will accompany Secretary Clinton to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN). Secretary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will meet with Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith to discuss ways to improve and deepen Alliance cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. Assistant Secretary Shapiro will meet with senior officials on a wide range of political-military issues, including countering piracy and defense trade.
In Beijing November 15-16, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will hold consultations on a wide range of political-military issues, including ongoing efforts to further enhance partnerships in peacekeeping and countering piracy.