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Daily Appointments for Tuesday May 10th: Secy of State Hillary Clinton at the U.S.-China Strategic Dialogue

May 10, 2011

Secretary Clinton and Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner co-host the third annual U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) with their counterparts, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and State Councilor Dai Bingguo, in Washington, DC.
9:25 a.m. Secretary Clinton delivers remarks at the signing ceremony for six new U.S.-China EcoPartnerships, at the Department of State.

11:50 a.m. Secretary Clinton participates in the Inaugural Meeting of the Advisory Committee for the 100,000 Strong Initiative, in the Loy Henderson Auditorium at the Department of State.

12:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner co-host a luncheon with Vice Premier Wang, State Councilor Dai and U.S. and Chinese business leaders, at Blair House.

2:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton, Secretary Geithner, Vice Premier Wang and State Councilor Dai deliver joint closing remarks for the S&ED, in the Department of the Interior’s Sidney R. Yates Auditorium.

2:50 p.m. Secretary Clinton and Secretary Geithner hold a joint press availability, in the Department of the Interior’s Sidney R. Yates Auditorium.

WATCH LIVE ON WWW.STATE.GOV.

5:15 p.m. Secretary Clinton meets with Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, at the White House.

6:35 p.m. Secretary Clinton attends a dinner co-hosted by Ambassador Verveer and Muhtar Kent of Coca-Cola in honor of the Chinese delegation to Women-LEAD, an initiative sponsored by Yale University under the auspices of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue, at the Metropolitan Club in Washington, DC.

You know, given China still engages in forced sterilizations and abortions (see some of their enforcement tactics here and here), I’m not sure I would “honor” China for women’s rights initiatives. But hey, at least we have an embargo/sanctions against evil Communist Cuba until they clean up their human rights problems! Our foreign policy seems to be more a reflection of who the powerful interest groups are in this country as opposed to a pragmatic, consistent, principled way of dealing with both our allies and our so-called enemies.

Some photos from yesterday:

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Thain permalink
    May 10, 2011 9:12 am

    Friggin’ Chinese. This is what we get though- we let them own us. They are our banker and what are our politicians doing to change that? Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zero. I guess we like being owned by people who repress their people, force women to have abortions at 8 and 9 months, round up artists, bloggers, Tibetan nuns etc. We treated the Dalai Lama like yesterday’s garbage because Obama didn’t want to offend his Chinese friends. They violate currency and trade rules and we do nothing.

    Also, China steals our defense secrets and uses reverse technology to try to compete militarily with us. They hack into government databases and websites. They hack into Google and other corporations. As Stacy noted they hacked into the human rights website One because it had a petition to free that Chinese artist WeiWei. The State Dept. said NOTHING about that despite One being a US human rights organization.

    So Obama and Hillary can try to talk tough on human rights but it’s too late- they set the tone from the beginning that buying up our debt was more important. The fact that China has engaged in one of the most brutal crackdown in decades tells us all we need to know about how seriously China takes this administration and the U.S. I heard that a lot of aides/advisers in the Obama admin/state dept. are in favor of promoting positive relations with China thinking that kissing their ass will change their behavior- no it won’t. They are still manipulating their currency and violating trade rules and we are suffering economically for it. I want some consequences, not just talk! Bring on a trade war, get China where it will hurt them!

    • stacyx permalink*
      May 10, 2011 9:19 am

      We need China but China needs us. We set the wrong tone from the beginning of this admin. – too deferential, too desperate. You never show an adversary- and that’s what they are, make no mistake- all your cards. We’ve handed them the upper hand.

      I think everyone realizes we need to have decent relations, but China’s actions are getting more and more outrageous. Supposedly there is a US-China human rights dialogue coming up and my fear is that China is using these human rights dialogues (and hence, using the U.S.) to make it look like they are interested in improving their human rights situation, when they actually are worsening it.

      I personally think we need to do something, even if it’s symbolic. Like refuse to have another human rights dialogue unless they release Liu Xiaobo and his wife. Why continue to provide political cover for China? Because at this point, that’s what we are doing. They stand up and brag about how they are working on improving human rights and we give them credit for that, when they are really doing the exact opposite.

      Keep in mind- this is about US corporations lining their pockets with cheap labor and minimal regulations. Why do you think they all have most of their operations/employees over in China? Do you really think this POTUS or any politician will risk going up against Big Business/Wall Street and the Chamber of Commerce. This isn’t about human rights, it’s about Corporate America making profits at the expense of slave labor in China and at the expense of the U.S. worker.

  2. Sam permalink
    May 10, 2011 5:05 pm

    The sentiment of her speech was entirely appropriate, but the record of human rights cases in the US that have not been redressed tarnishes the credibility of her position in the eyes of countries like china and rightly so.

    the murder of fred Hampton By the FBI in 1969 for example, or the extraordinary rendition of terror suspects who will never stand trail.

    We need to be able to deal with these injustices if we are ever to heal as a nation.

  3. January 25, 2013 8:20 pm

    Does she drink wine offend?

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