SOS Hillary Clinton in Vietnam
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is keeping up the pressure on China to settle a territorial dispute with Japan and lower tensions in East Asia.
America’s top diplomat is making a rare visit Saturday to China’s Hainan (hy-nahn) Island. She’s delivering the same message to Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo that she conveyed just hours before to China’s foreign minister during a meeting in Vietnam.
These sessions are intended to ease strains in U.S.-China ties ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao (hoo jin-tow)’s state visit next year to Washington…
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled that the U.S. intended to remain a major power in the Asia-Pacific region, and waded into the spat between China and Japan that began more than a month ago, when a Chinese fishing trawler and two Japanese patrol boats collided near disputed islands.
“The United States has a national interest in the freedom of navigation and unimpeded lawful commerce,” Clinton said at a summit of East Asian leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam. “And when disputes arise over maritime territory, we are committed to resolving them peacefully based on customary international law.”
China and key U.S. ally Japan made attempts Saturday to cool down their heated dispute. Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan said he was able to talk briefly with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao before the opening of the summit, but noted that a full bilateral meeting “unfortunately did not materialize this time.”
“This sort of trouble that we’re seeing right now, compared to various incidents we’ve had in the long history of our relations, would not be regarded as decisive trouble,” Kan said, adding that both countries will remain calm and work toward a solution.