Diplomacy

Clinton’s First Trip

Hillary Clinton has kept a low profile since taking over the State Department, but she spoke today at the Asia Society in New York on the eve of her first trip to Japan, Indonesia, South Korea, and China. Her speech included some tough words for North Korea, saying it "was incumbent on North Korea to avoid any provocative action and unhelpful rhetoric towards South Korea.” Clinton stops first in Japan, but she’ll be busiest in China. According to the Associated Press, “The United States would like China to do more to support internal consumer demand and reduce its reliance on exports to generate its growth. It would also like to see the Chinese currency appreciate, making U.S. exports more competitive and helping to narrow the vast U.S. trade deficit with China.”