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Secretary Clinton is Wheels Up and Headed for Papua New Guinea *updated*

November 3, 2010

She has left Malaysia and is headed for PNG:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Papua New Guinea for talks on managing an energy windfall and boosting the status of women in the deeply impoverished Pacific country.

On the first tour there by a US secretary of state since 1998, Clinton will also discuss ways to fight climate change during her talks with Prime Minister Michael Somare and other officials.

“There’s been enormous petro-finds, natural gas and the like,” Clinton’s top diplomat for Asia, Kurt Campbell, told reporters before Clinton’s tour of Asia began a week ago.

Clinton will discuss “how the current government plans to manage this tremendous windfall that will be coming to the people of Papua New Guinea,” he said.

PNG’s massive liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, potentially the largest ever such deal for the nation, will supply four major customers in Taiwan, Japan and China and is estimated to have a 30-year life.

But like the State Department, the World Bank is mindful of the experience of other developing countries that have experienced sudden energy investments only to become mired in corruption and political instability…

She may actually be in PNG already given the time change.

Remarks to the press prior to leaving Malaysia:

Update: Here is her daily schedule:

8:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a Pratt and Whitney Trade event, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

5:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton visits the Tubuserea Lavadai Mangrove Reforestation project, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

6:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Papua New Guinean Governor General Sir Paulias Matane, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

6:40 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Embassy Port Moresby, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

7:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with women leaders and NGO leaders, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

8:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

9:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with Papua New Guinean Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

And of course, some photos:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at an event to showcase American companies' presence in Malaysia at the Subang SkyPark Terminal near Kuala Lumpur on November 3, 2010.

Malaysian transport minister Kong Cho Ha looks on as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at an event to showcase American companies' presence in Malaysia prior to her departure for Papua New Guinea at the Subang SkyPark Terminal near Kuala Lumpur on November 3, 2010.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton waves while departing after a showcase of Malaysia Airlines' partnerships with U.S. companies in Subang outside Kuala Lumpur November 3, 2010.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Scott permalink
    November 3, 2010 12:06 pm

    Great photos and video thanks. She’s a class act.

    She may have some trouble with the ultraconservative House members when it comes to her foreign policy agenda and funding. They like to play games- try to defund the Palestinian Authority, they’ll push for military confrontation with Iran, the pro-Israel hawks will ratchet up tensions with some of our allies including Lebanon and Turkey.

    I’m sure none of this is lost on her or the people who read this blog regularly.

    • filipino-american4hrc permalink
      November 3, 2010 1:32 pm

      I’m sure she’s already preparing herself — the Republicans would cut State’s budget but not DoD’s. And I’m sure the maternal health initiatives will be severely threatened, what with the equal emphasis these give to reproductive health. Still, you got to admire her for grace under fire:

      “Clinton pledges to work with new Republican-led House” (http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j-y0L63GEHUSdZ_lv44fDEuMDSWA?docId=CNG.a84306ebdc147800f85911b77a52d16b.61)

      “PORT MORESBY — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed to work with the new Republican-led House of Representatives as she prepared to leave Papua New Guinea on Wednesday during an Asia-Pacific tour.

      [snip]

      “You can build coalitions and you can make your case and you can find allies on issues that are in America’s interests and in the furtherance of our security and our values,” said Clinton, who pointed out that she worked as part of a Senate minority for several years.

      “And I will be working very hard in the weeks and months ahead to get to know new members and new leadership and to work with them on behalf of the United States of America.”

      Still presidential after all these years. . .

  2. Steve permalink
    November 3, 2010 1:23 pm

    Well, I hope Jewish groups are happy that they helped the GOP gain control of the House based on the stupid, false assumption that the Democrats are “anti-Israel.”

    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/11/02/pro_israel_group_claims_election_victory

    I can’t think of a single anti-Israel Democrat in Congress. Think about it, we always hear the media, members of Congress and our Rabbis talk about being “pro-Israel”- what the hell does that mean anyway? Here is what it means “you are NEVER to question Israel or its leaders EVER.” Can you imagine applying that same standard to our own government irrespective of who was/is in charge? Can you imagine labeling anyone who questioned the American govt, “anti-American?” Of course not because it’s ridiculous! We have a responsibility to question our government.

    So, when is the supposedly liberal Jewish community going to start speaking out or are we going to let groups like the ADL and AIPAC guilt us into never speaking up and defending Hillary and Obama’s efforts to bring about Mideast Peace? I guess the latter.

  3. April 4, 2013 1:25 pm

    You go girl.

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