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SOS Hillary Clinton in New Zealand *updated with GREAT Video*

November 4, 2010

Updated with her daily travel schedule and fantastic video:

2:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a traditional Maori Welcoming Ceremony, in Wellington, New Zealand.

2:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully, in Wellington, New Zealand.

3:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, in Wellington, New Zealand.

4:15 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a joint press availability with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, in Wellington, New Zealand.

4:45 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with New Zealand Opposition Leader Philip Goff, in Wellington, New Zealand.

5:20 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a reception hosted by New Zealand Foreign Minister MCully, in Wellington, New Zealand.

6:05 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton attends a dinner hosted by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, in Wellington, New Zealand.

From the WSJ:

New Zealand may not seem like the first country the U.S. needs to bring into its camp, but China’s growing role in the region has it doing just that.

The U.S. government moved Thursday to formalize its progressively warm relationship with New Zealand, with a strategic agreement that promises high-level ministerial meetings and joint initiatives as it continues a strategy that analysts say is about containing China’s growing influence in the region.

The Wellington Declaration goes some way toward repairing the relationship between the two countries, which soured following New Zealand’s decision in 1985 to refuse entry to a U.S. warship due to the possibility it was carrying nuclear weapons. The subsequent year, in retaliation, the U.S. suspended the Anzus treaty, a military alliance between Australia, U.S. and New Zealand.

The new declaration doesn’t make New Zealand an ally and military training continues to be limited, but it does promise joint co-operation on issues in the Pacific, such as climate change and disaster response, and provides for regular high-level ministerial meetings including discussions involving the foreign ministers.

Analysts see this not only as a move by the U.S. to get New Zealand into its camp but also an indication that New Zealand may weaken its anti-nuclear stance in the longer term.

Stephen Jacobi, chief executive of the N.Z.-U.S. Council said it was not surprising that the U.S. is increasing its relationship with New Zealand because it was no secret that the U.S. had concerns about China’s growing influence in the region.

“They need friends they can rely on and they know they can rely on New Zealand — look at our contribution in Afghanistan and in the South Pacific,” Mr. Jacobi added.

Michael McKinley, a senior lecturer in international relations at Australian National University, added that the U.S. is looking to contain China, which is challenging its leadership in the region, particularly now as China has moved to provide aid in the Pacific region…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton walks up the front steps of Parliament buildings with Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key at Parliament on November 4, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton receives a Hongi (Maori Greeting) during a welcome ceremony at Parliament on November 4, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key introduces U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to members of his government at the Parliament Complex on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton signs a new strategic partnership along with New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully at the Parliament Complex on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)

10 Comments leave one →
  1. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:07 am

    I find her pictures doing hongis so cute. Here’s another one, with an elder: http://www.daylife.com/photo/05gLfB90AEbDv?q=Hillary+Rodham+Clinton

  2. Steve permalink
    November 4, 2010 8:23 am

    OT: Mark Penn is an ass. Does this guy have any principles? He’s like a fatter Dick Morris. All he cares about is polls but he believes in nothing. Of course, this is the guy whose corporation does PR for Blackwater and who screwed over Hillary by continuing to hold free trade clients while she was advocating reasonable limits to free trade. I swear he made things worse for her. The one thing about the Clintons is they love these pollsters and while everyone has pollsters they rely on, few became as powerful and as devoid of any principle other than political expediency as Dick Morris and Mark Penn. Of course, neither of them were liberals and they seem to live to try to get their respective Presidents/candidates to move to the right. Naturally, as a liberal that annoys me. There is a time for moderation and compromise but that’s very different than totally selling out and making all decisions based on polls.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-penn/strategy-corner-exit-poll_b_778049.html

    I’m interested to know how Mark Penn things Obama can win in 2012 without the support of his base and if they don’t go out to vote in droves like they did in 2012? Obama has been perceived as playing too much of an inside game, coddling Wall St. and making back room deals on health and Wall St. reform – hardly a far-left progressive stance. Hi foreign policy isn’t all that progressive at all. So when Mark Penn talks about moving to the center, he really means moving to the right b/c Obama already has been governing from the center but because the right wing noise machine is so effective, people actually think he’s some sort of Muslim socialist. Perhaps the media and the pundits could look into the truth of some of those claims rather than simply repeating them.

    • November 4, 2010 9:01 am

      Whenever I see Mark Penn giving his opinion on something I can’t help but snicker. But he doesn’t care what people think, he probably tells himself he’s wonderful and he’s got a big bank account and lots of clients to prove it. I read somewhere- and I don’t know if this is true- that after the campaign Hillary told him he’s good at what he does but that he needs psychological “help”- from everything I’ve heard about him, that sounds like good advice.

    • PYW permalink
      November 5, 2010 4:54 pm

      i’m with you, steve. as much as i love hillary, two big mistakes she made in the 2008 campaign were hiring mark penn and patty solis-doyle. both did an absolutely terrible job.

  3. filipino-american4hrc permalink
    November 4, 2010 10:37 am

    Stacy, the NZ Prime Minister made a freudian slip at such an opportune moment (i.e. mid-terms):

    “Prime Minister John Key made a slight gaffe in closing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s press conference this afternoon – referring to her as ‘President Clinton’.”

    http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-Prime-Minister-calls-Hillary-Clinton-President/tabid/423/articleID/184745/Default.aspx

    From his lips to God’s ears.

  4. Thain permalink
    November 4, 2010 1:06 pm

    AWESOME video- thanks for finding it and posting! I noticed that during this trip the State Dept. isn’t providing as many videos which is kind of annoying.

    Stacy- how’s the #tcot web site going?😉 Up and running yet?

    • November 4, 2010 1:21 pm

      @Thain- you’re welcome!

      As for the tcot site, it’s not up and running. tcot is already taken as a domain on wordpress.com so I have to come up with a new name. Over the past several months I have created two political blogs and ended up deleting them because I wasn’t happy with them. I’m sort of neurotic like that. So this weekend I’m going to look into what my options are with #tcot or anything else. There is also the time factor- I simply don’t have a lot of extra time to blog and I don’t want to start another blog but not keep up with it (or have this one suffer as a result). But thanks for asking!

      • HillaryFan permalink
        November 4, 2010 2:04 pm

        That is a great video, thanks.

        What new website???? Do tell!

  5. June 22, 2013 12:59 pm

    She’s the greatest lady around.

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