Secretary Clinton in Tokyo *updated*
Secretary Clinton arrived in Tokyo.
Here is her schedule for today:
PM LOCAL (EDT + 11 hours) Secretary Clinton arrives in Tokyo, Japan.
4:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, in Tokyo, Japan.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
5:25 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Okada hold a joint press availability, in Tokyo, Japan.
(OPEN PRESS COVERAGE)
6:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, in Tokyo, Japan.
(POOLED CAMERA SPRAY)
PM LOCAL (EDT + 12 hours) Secretary Clinton arrives in Shanghai, China.
And for those of you who are interested, here is an Op-Ed written by Secretary Clinton touting the wonderful bilateral relationship with Communist China.
Ok, criticism alert. I think this administration is waaaaaay too deferential to China (ie. our Banker) and I have yet to see any real concrete attempt to address China’s deplorable human rights situation. That Human Rights Dialogue that was hosted by the State Dept. the other week and which hardly anyone heard anything about, seems to have been geared more towards preventing the human rights issue from rearing its head on this current trip to Asia, than toward any real substantive attempt to have an actual human rights policy or plan with respect to China. And that is why I didn’t bother posting anything about it. After I read the briefing by Assistant Secretary Posner and saw that not only did Secretary Clinton have no real part in the dialogue, but that the US had agreed to not make the subject-matter of their human rights discussions with the Chinese delegation available publicly, I got really annoyed.
If the administration is going to argue that publicly discussing China’s human rights problems is ineffective, then how do we rationalize publicly denouncing the human rights abuses of nations like Cuba, Burma, Iran etc.? Basically, it would seem that human rights abuses are worth addressing publicly only if there is no political cost to doing so. And that sends a confusing, dangerous message. It also damages our moral authority on the topic.