Posts Tagged ‘APEC’

Monday night, Carly Fiorina was Jimmy Fallon’s guest on the Tonight Show.  She was personable, which I did not expect.  She was entertaining – especially when she sang at the end. If you go to the Tonight Show website you can see the cherry-picked clips wherein Carly Fiorina actually seems … what’s the word I am looking for?  Likable?

The clips show far from the whole story though.  They are the highlights and ignore the deep, dark, scary stuff she sandwiched into the middle while fast-talking like Rosalind Russell in a 1930’s movie about a  … well …  a female CEO.

To see these comments, you have to access the full episode and fast forward to Fiorina’s segment.  It involves sitting through a lot of commercials.  I am sorry.  Nothing you can do about those.  There is no “skip ad” option.

She began with language Hillary’s people identify with and agree with. Faith is good. There was something sweet from her mother about God’s gifts to you and your gift to God being fulfilling the use of your God-given gifts.  This stemmed, of course, from Ben Carson’s recent remarks.  She absolutely disagrees with Carson, because, of course, all faith is good.  The Pope is also good, but Democrats are bad and fail to agree with him on the sanctity of life.

Carly met Vladimir Putin once at APEC.  Let’s take this one in two parts.

APEC:  Apparently Fiorina wants to push this one APEC speech as her official foreign policy experience. She repeats endlessly her mantra about Hillary Clinton’s tenure at the State department being all about air miles.  If you do a search on this blog for APEC this is where the search takes you.

Note that first entry, the most recent.  Republicans like to send up choruses of “Where was Hillary when Benghazi was under attack?”  In fact, she had just flown in from APEC in Vladivostok at the end of an extensive and exhausting trip and many conferences.  It was never unusual for Secretary Clinton to go straight to C Street from the plane. She flew in late and was at the office the next morning, just for the record.

Also for the record, can Carly Fiorina name other international conferences where she has addressed and rubbed elbows with world leaders?


Now for Putin with whom Carly shared a few minutes in the green room before a speech once. I am picturing him now trying to remember ever encountering her. She says he can be charming and funny.  Hillary knows that. She also knows he can be stubborn and dismissive of women.  Dealing with that dismissiveness requires knowing that it exists.

On this particular trip, Hillary was not scheduled to meet with Putin about the Iran sanctions.  Uh – yes, parenthetically.  Hillary worked hard for years to get those sanctions. She had flown in from a St. Patrick’s Day full of meetings with a host of Irish officials, stopped over at Shannon for refueling and greeted returning troops also there refueling.  As of the 18th, no meeting with Putin was on the agenda.  Then this.

Breaking: Hillary WILL Meet With Putin After All

March 18, 2010

… Several advance press releases and  schedules made a point of the fact that she would not be meeting with Putin.

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Then this.  It was not the first time she was not scheduled to meet with him and managed to wrangle him into a pow-wow. The bonus was that she got results.  Sometimes I think that Hillary does things to be able to say that she gave it her best effort.  Hillary’s best efforts get excellent results.  Putin liked to leave Hillary to Lavrov and Medvedev, but she knew when she needed to sit with him, and she got those meetings and got results.

Fiorina says she would not speak to him at all.  That would suit him just fine.  There is something to be gained from a one-on-one with him as Hillary Clinton knows.

Hillary Clint, on Gets Putin To Budge – A Little

March 19, 2010

Let me be clear, this is not about the sanctions themselves with which you may agree or disagree. It is about Hillary Clinton. Yesterday I said that I thought Putin would be impervious to her persuasive powers given that he appears to be very dedicated to the manufacture of nuclear energy as an export business for Russia. Well, if this report is accurate, I, one of the die-hard Hillary Hold-Outs (yes, a Hi-Ho) am now *hanging head in shame* for having doubted that she could get Putin to concede – even if it is a little.  Note to self: Never again underestimate Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ability to argue a good case.

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Well,  here we have the transcript of Secretary Clinton’s remarks with Putin.   Actually, I fail to see where he “bombarded” her (as I saw it characterized in the press).  He called her “Your Excellency.”  🙂  Even if he had “bombarded” her,  she is used to it and knows that it is not personal.   She knows her job.

Remarks With Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Moscow, Russia
March 19, 2010

Carly warned that we should not forget that he is a KGB guy.  Yes, Hillary has already made that eminently clear.  That was no news to us.

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective Part Four Chapter 11 Russia: Reset and Regression

Hillary Clinton’s ‘Hard Choices’ Retrospective Part Six: The Future We Want Chapter 21 Climate Change: We’re All In This Together

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Then came Carly Fiorina as Napoleon. Only taller … and female.  This is the part the Tonight Show web editors figured you did not need to see and can see only if you painstakingly go through the video and consume all the commercials.  Sorry.

Rather than speak to Putin, here is what Mme. President Fiorina would do.  I am not sure you will see this elsewhere.

  • Immediately start rebuilding the 6th fleet;
  • Rebuild the missile defense program in Poland;
  • Conduct regular military exercises in the Baltics;
  • Put 1000 more troops in Germany;
  • Lead in Syria as, she said we should have three years ago and Obama and Clinton have not.

I take strong exception to that last allegation!  Look here >>>>>

Time to Revisit Hillary Clinton on Syria

September 4, 2015

I also wonder where those extra 1000 troops will be coming from.  Fallon did not ask. His job was to keep things light.

That is what is between the sweetbread of Carly’s Mom’s faithful advice in the beginning of the segment and the song for Snickers to a 1950s rock tune at the end.   Note to Carly Fiorina:  The Cold War is over.  Note to Republicans in general, the 1950s are over.

Other candidates are making the late night rounds.  Bernie Sanders was on with Colbert, and the night Fiorina was with Fallon, Ted Cruz was with Colbert.  Meh.

All the Republicans are working from the same talking points memo about Hillary except Fiorina who has her own Hillary attack system.

We have our own Hillary defense system.  Carly Fiorina may be the Republican female candidate whom they are pitting against Hillary Clinton. The comparison ends at female. Fiorina likes to tell people she began as a secretary. She lacks Hillary’s brand of secretarial experience, however, by thousands of air miles, summits, conferences, treaties, strategic plans, MOUs, and handshakes.  In no way does she measure up.


Well he is up to something, Carly, and I seriously doubt that not speaking to him is the wisest foreign policy.  Grow up.  Stop singing your mom’s Bill Haley and the Comets songs, or whatever that was.  Not speak to him?  What is wrong with you?  Oh, wait!  I know!  You shouldn’t be running for president.  It is that simple.  Well you can if you want to but you are #WrongForAmerica.

Putin Said to Plan Islamic State Strikes With or Without U.S.

Bloomberg) — President Vladimir Putin, determined to strengthen Russia’s only military outpost in the Middle East, is preparing to launch unilateral airstrikes against Islamic State from inside Syria if the U.S. rejects his proposal to join forces, two people familiar with the matter said.

Putin’s preferred course of action, though, is for America and its allies to agree to coordinate their campaign against the terrorist group with Russia, Iran and the Syrian army, which the Obama administration has so far resisted, according to a person close to the Kremlin and an adviser to the Defense Ministry in Moscow.


U.S. ‘Receptive’


Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Wednesday the U.S. has become more “receptive” to Moscow’s position. The U.S. has tempered two planks of its Syrian policy — that Assad must step down immediately and that it won’t negotiate with his government, according to comments made by Secretary of State John Kerry on Sept. 17.

The next day, the U.S. and Russian defense chiefs held direct talks for the first time since the conflict in Ukraine started. They agreed to continue dialog to prevent clashes between their forces in Syria.

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Happy Birthday to Matt Lee!  Secretary Clinton joked about his long birthday. Shaun Tandon tweeted six hours ago that Mme. Secretary’s plane was back in the U.S. refueling in Alaska, and that it was freezing outside.  She must be almost home by now.  Welcome home, Mme. Secretary!

Press Availability in Vladivostok, Russia

Press Availability

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Consulate General Vladivostok
Vladivostok, Russia
September 9, 2012


SECRETARY CLINTON: Good afternoon, everybody. Well, first, let me say how pleased I was to visit Vladivostok, and to see the new university for this APEC meeting. I was very delighted to attend on behalf of President Obama. Let me just highlight a few of the developments, beginning with what APEC’s members are doing to promote sustainable growth while preserving and protecting our natural resources.

Last year in Honolulu, APEC leaders committed to spark green growth by developing a list of environmental products on which we would significantly reduce tariffs. And here in Vladivostok, the leaders delivered on that commitment, agreeing on a list that includes solar panels, gas, and wind turbines and dozens more products. Today, tariffs on these products can run as high as 35 percent. By 2015, APEC members will cut them to 5 percent or less. By making green products more affordable and creating jobs wherever they are manufactured, including in the United States, we hope this decision will inspire other trading groups to emulate APEC’s record of trade innovation.

Second, as leaders meet here in Russia, our negotiating partners are engaged in intense diplomacy to advance the Trans-Pacific Partnership, known as the TPP. This free trade agreement is central to America’s economic vision in Asia. By reducing market distortions and leveling the playing field, the TPP will raise the bar for competition in a way that benefits every economy in the region, whether it is an active partner in the TPP or not.

Third, APEC members took important steps to promote food security. Record-breaking droughts are driving up the price of corn, wheat, and other grains, with the fear that people will be left without enough to eat. The APEC leaders recognized we won’t solve this problem by banning or restricting food exports; we need to ensure greater agricultural productivity, and that food supplies reach the people who need them most, no matter where they live.

Fourth, we continued our progress on an area that bears directly on this region’s economic competitiveness, as a growing body of evidence proves investing in women is great for the bottom line. The APEC region is losing as much as $47 billion every year because of barriers that keep women from fully participating in the economic and political lives of their countries.

Now, I could list many more areas where we have advanced our work. I’m especially pleased that APEC leaders pledged to enhance our efforts to combat trafficking in illegal wildlife. You’ve have seen the posters of tigers, and it is an issue I discussed with President Putin, because it’s tigers and leopards, it’s rhinos and elephants, and APEC leaders recognize we have to do so much more in stopping poachers and stopping demand and consumption. We’ve covered a lot of ground, and we look forward to working with our Indonesian colleagues on these and other issues as they host APEC next year.

I had the opportunity to meet with both President Putin and Minister Lavrov yesterday. We discussed matters ranging from deepening our economic ties to addressing the crisis in Syria. The Obama Administration has been committed to strengthening our relationship with Russia, and we are moving ahead in many areas. Yesterday we announced joint initiatives on scientific research in Antarctica, cooperation between our national parks, and partnerships among our state and local governments. And today, our new visa agreement goes into force, freeing up Russian and American businesses to spend less time doing paperwork and more time trading, investing, and creating jobs.

However, I have also said we would be frank about our differences. As I told both the President and the Prime Minister – I mean, excuse me, the President and the Foreign Minister, the United States disagrees with the approach on Syria. We are concerned by new laws that could restrict civil society, and by recent measures targeting people who have spoken out about Russia’s democratic future. Domestic entrepreneurs and foreign investors alike understand that in the 21st century, political modernization can and does drive economic growth, and it can create stronger societies and strengthen partnerships in pursuit of shared goals.

So I very much appreciate the opportunity that I’ve had to be here, and I look forward to your questions.

MODERATOR: We’ll take three today. We’ll start with Matt Lee. Happy birthday, Matt Lee.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Oh, happy birthday, Matt.

QUESTION: Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Wow. A red letter day.

QUESTION: A long birthday.

SECRETARY CLINTON: (Laughter.) Yes, we are going to take you over many time zones. You can keep celebrating.

QUESTION: It might be another year by the time we –


QUESTION: Madam Secretary, understanding that you didn’t make this trip with the expectation that you were going to get either the Russians or the Chinese to do a 180 and change their positions on Syria, Iran, or, in fact, the South China Sea, after your discussions both here and in Beijing, do you get the sense that there is any kind of traction or movement, as we had toward the UN General Assembly, on Syria in particular? And then – but also with – between ASEAN and China in the South China Sea.

And then, also with the Russians, did you explore with President Putin what his ambitions or aims and intents are in this Look East policy? And do you think that the Russians can help? But – it is all the same question. (Laughter.)

Do you think – I mean, do you get the sense that the Russians are willing to play a positive role in the territory in these disputes? It could be a calming influence in the East China Sea. Thanks.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, with respect to Syria, I made the international community’s case again yesterday to both the Foreign Minister and the President that we have to bring more pressure to bear on the Assad regime to end the bloodshed and begin a political democratic transition. I will continue to work with Foreign Minister Lavrov to see if we can revisit the idea of putting the Syria transition plan that we agreed to in Geneva earlier this summer into a Security Council resolution.

But as I underscored yesterday with Foreign Minister Lavrov, that will only be effective if it includes consequences for noncompliance. And there’s no point passing a resolution with no teeth, because we’ve seen time and time again that Assad will ignore it and keep attacking his own people.

So if we can make progress in New York in the run-up to the UN General Assembly, we will certainly try. But we have to be realistic. We haven’t seen eye-to-eye with Russia on Syria. That may continue. And if it does continue, then we will work with likeminded states to support the Syrian opposition to hasten the day when Assad falls, and to help prepare Syria for a democratic future and help it get back on its feet again.

With respect to looking east, of course those are – that question should be posed to the President, the Foreign Minister, or other Russian officials. But we have no problem with Russia playing a responsible role in Asia. In fact, we welcome it. Just as we have told the Russians – and I told President Putin yesterday – the U.S. wants to deepen our economic cooperation with Russia in Asia, in the Far East.

American companies have made a number of significant investments in the Russian Far East which support increasing opportunity and development in this part of Russia. For example, ExxonMobil has a very large oil and gas project that is worth about $10 billion in investment, and it directly employs nearly 600 Russian citizens. With over $7.7 billion in contracts awarded to Russian companies or joint ventures, the project has also created many, many other jobs throughout the region.

We are very committed to working with Russia, particularly on economic growth and enhanced prosperity. In fact, later this month, the Russian American Pacific Partnership Forum will be held in Tacoma, Washington, to connect business and government leaders in an effort to strengthen business ties between our Pacific Coast and the United States and the Russian Far East.

So we’re really supportive, and we want to see more travel between our two countries. And now we anticipate – a recent announcement that was just held, Vladivostok Air, with regular flights between Anchorage and – I think it’s Kamchatka – I don’t know if I said that right. And that’s one of the reasons why we liberalized visas. We want more business-to-business connections, people-to-people connections, and bring our countries closer together, and bring this part of Russia closer together to Alaska and our West Coast.

MODERATOR: Next one from Dmitry Khrustalev with Rossiya 1, please.

QUESTION: Secretary Clinton, (inaudible), United States are about to abolish or cancel the Jackson-Vanik amendment. But at the same time, you are turning now to approve the (inaudible). I ask why. Thank you.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, first, let me start by saying the United States worked very hard over the last three presidencies – my husband, George W. Bush, and President Obama – to work to get Russia into the WTO. And in particular, President Obama and this Administration were just tireless in working with Russia and working with others who were already in the WTO to clear the way for Russia to be a – finally, a member of WTO.

We think expanding our trade, as I was just saying to the prior questioner, is one of our top economic priorities. We think it’s good for Russia, we think it’s good for the United States. And we are urging Congress to terminate the application of Jackson-Vanik to Russia so that American businesses can benefit from the WTO accession by Russia. I mean, frankly, it’s somewhat ironic if we did so much work to help Russia get into the WTO and then we are prohibited for our businesses to actually work in Russia. So we have to clear the way on the Jackson-Vanik amendment.

And with respect to the second part of your question, I think it’s fair to say, as I said in my opening remarks, we do believe that it’s important to promote the cause of human rights here in Russia, and that members of Congress believe the same thing, and they are particularly concerned about addressing the case of Mr. Magnitsky’s wrongful death. So we continue to consult with Congress on this as they consider two different drafts of legislation. I would note that the United States Government, the Obama Administration, has already taken important action to ensure that no one that we are told credibly was in any way implicated in Mr. Magnitsky’s death can travel to the United States already.

MODERATOR: Last one today, Shaun Tandon, AFP.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you, Madam Secretary. In the course of your 11-day trip to the region, you’ve spoken a lot about boosting the U.S. role in Asia. But two of the closest U.S. allies, Japan and the Republic of Korea, have been at loggerheads over a territorial dispute of the disputed islands.

You’ve met over the past couple of days with Prime Minister Noda of Japan and President Lee of South Korea. Do you see any signs of hope in resolving or at least managing this dispute? And what does it mean for U.S. policy in the region to have these two members having so much difficulty?

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Shaun, one of the valuable things about this long trip is that I have had a chance to see so many leaders in the region. So whether we’re talking about the South China Sea or the East China Sea, my message has been the same to all of them. And now is the time for everyone to make efforts to reduce the tensions and strengthen diplomatic involvement for resolving these tensions.

And the United States is committed to playing a constructive role based on clear principles which we have consistently enunciated. We want to see the issues resolved through diplomatic processes that lower tension, avoid any form of confrontation, and lead to the ultimate resolution of what are very longstanding disputes in a manner that is consistent with international law.

Specifically with respect to our two good friends and allies, Japan and the Republic of Korea, I raised these issues with both of them, urging that their interests really lie in making sure that they lower the temperature and work together in a concerted way, to have a calm and restrained approach. And I think that’s being heard. There does seem to be a recognition on the part of all of the leaders that this region of the world is the economic engine in what is still a fragile global economy. And we can’t let anything happen. It’s not in the interests of any of the Asian countries, it’s certainly not in the interest of the United States or the rest of the world to raise doubts and uncertainties about the stability and peace in the region.

So I’m committed to working closely with all of the countries involved. And the United States will do what we can to try to ensure that these longstanding disputes don’t become a significant problem for our friends or for the broader region.

MODERATOR: Thank you all very much.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you all very much. Okay. Thank you all.

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Secretary Clinton Meets With Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak before their meeting during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week in Vladivostok, Russia, September 9, 2012. [State Department photo by William Ng/Public Domain

Public Schedule for September 9, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
September 9, 2012



Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Vladivostok, Russia. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Under Secretary Hormats, Assistant Secretary Campbell, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, Special Representative Lewis, White House Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel, White House Senior Director for Russian Affairs Alice Wells, and VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS. Please click here for more information.

9:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, in Vladivostok, Russia.

9:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Chinese Taipei Leader’s Representative Lien Chan, in Vladivostok, Russia.

10:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Republic of Korea President Lee Myung-bak, in Vladivostok, Russia.

11:00 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in the APEC Leaders Retreat II, in Vladivostok, Russia.

1:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in an APEC working lunch, in Vladivostok, Russia.

3:30 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a solo press availability, in Vladivostok, Russia.

4:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with the staff and families of Consulate General Vladivostok, in Vladivostok, Russia.

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Remarks at APEC CEO Summit


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Far Eastern Federal University
Vladivostok, Russia
September 8, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Thank you very much, Andrey Kostin, for that introduction and stealing one of my lines about the importance of including women across the APEC region in economic growth and prosperity. And also, I thank you for everything you’ve done to organize this important gathering, which has already heard from some of the leaders in the region about our commitment to enhancing interconnectivity and opportunity for business, trade, and investment. And I want to thank all who are here participating as well.

I bring greetings from President Obama and a strong reaffirmation of America’s commitment to APEC. The United States is a Pacific power, not just a diplomatic and military power, but an economic power. And our growing economic interdependence is part of why I often say that much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia.

But before I say more about America’s economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific and how it relates to our broader strategy in the region, I’d like to say a few words about our hosts.

In the economic realm, I want to congratulate Russia on joining the World Trade Organization. (Inaudible) this is good for Russia. It’s good for the United States. It’s good for the global economy. Three successive U.S. administrations worked steadily to advance Russia’s WTO aspirations. We strongly support the basic bargain at the heart of the WTO: Nations that uphold internationally-recognized norms – not just on tariffs but subsidies, procurement preferences, intellectual property rights and so on – these nations get to enjoy the benefits of open markets and free trade.

The World Bank, for example, estimates that by effectively implementing its WTO commitments, Russia could increase its gross domestic product by about 3 percent in the medium term, and as much as 11 percent over the long run. So it pays to join the rules-based global trading system. And Russia’s trading partners stand to benefit as well. We believe American exports to Russia could double or even triple.

And that brings me to the larger point I’d like to make today. Last year, in speeches at APEC events in Washington and then again in Hong Kong, I outlined America’s commitment to an economic system based on agreed-upon rules of the road that apply to all nations, developed and developing alike, a system that is open, free, transparent, and fair.

This commitment is a central thrust of U.S. strategy in the region. After an extended period in which the United States had to focus a great deal of attention and resources on regions and conflicts elsewhere, we are now making substantially increased investments in the Asia-Pacific. We seek to work with others to build a stable and just regional order that will benefit everyone.

President Obama took office in the midst of the global financial crisis and worldwide recession. There was then and is an urgent need to rebalance our economy and reduce instability. So we set out at the start to accomplish a number of goals to advance economic progress. There are a few I’d like to speak about briefly today.

They are, first, to advocate forcefully for American companies, so they can compete on an equal level playing field. Second, to pursue new trade agreements with partners across the Asia-Pacific. Third, to expand engagement with regional and global institutions that can mobilize effective common action on shared economic challenges. And fourth, to push for reforms that allow more people in more places to participate in the formal economy. We’ve made concrete, measurable progress in each of these areas. We have still more to do, in cooperation with our partners in the region, including all of you.

Let me begin with our advocacy for American businesses. President Obama set the ambitious goal of doubling U.S. exports worldwide by the end of 2014. And we’ve made great gains in APEC. Between just 2009 and 2011, U.S. exports to other APEC economies increased by nearly 45 percent, and they’re up another 7.5 percent in the first half of 2012. But we can still go further. American companies are eager to invest more in Asia. And when they confront unfair regulations, or if they just want advice on local customs, they come to us at the State Department. And we go to bat for them.

To point to one example, in July, in Siem Reap, Cambodia, we convened the largest-ever U.S.-ASEAN business event. It brought together more than 150 U.S. business leaders, several dozen business leaders from across the region, and three heads of state and more than a dozen government ministers, all with the shared goal of building stronger ties between and among our business communities.

The business leaders hammered out opportunities for new partnerships, and they also spoke constructively about the obstacles that still stand in the way of greater trade and investment. And the people from various governments listened and left with a better sense of what we have to do to improve the business environment in the Asia-Pacific.

Now, I understand that holding conferences, even such a ground-breaking one, and especially one as well attended as this, will only get us so far. To unleash this region’s full potential, we all need to take concrete steps, especially regarding protectionist policies that distort markets and discriminate against some companies, but not others. We know there remain significant discriminatory procurement rules and local content requirements: So-called tollbooths that force unfair terms on foreign companies just to enter or expand in a market; forced technology transfers and government-abetted piracy of intellectual property; preferential treatment for state-owned or state-supported enterprises. Those are some of the distortions that we continue to see and have to stand against.

Now, these protectionist policies might provide short-term benefit to domestic firms, but they disrupt supply chains, they scare investors, and ultimately, they set back economies and weaken the rules of the road that are designed to benefit everyone.

Now, no country, including my own, has a perfect record on this, but we are committed to building the kind of global economy the 21st century demands. And we’re confident that, if given a fair chance and a level playing field, American companies can compete and succeed everywhere.

To make sure our companies get to compete here in Russia, we are working closely with the United States Congress to terminate the application to Jackson-Vanik to Russia and grant Russian Permanent Normalized Trade Relations. We hope that the Congress will pass on this important piece of legislation this month.

Turning to the second line of action, the United States has made a major push to pursue trade agreements with partners across the Asia-Pacific that open markets and reduce barriers. Our landmark deal with South Korea could increase exports of American goods by more than $10 billion and grow South Korea’s economy by 6 percent. In addition to lowering tariffs, the agreement also includes improvements on intellectual property protection and enforcement, fair labor practices, environmental protection, regulatory due process.

That’s also true of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new far-reaching regional trade agreement that will bring together at least 11 economies, developed and developing alike, into a single Pacific trading community. It will lower trade barriers while raising standards, creating more and better growth. And this agreement will set a new precedent by covering emerging trade issues such as the competitive impact of state-owned enterprises, the connectivity of regional supply chains, and opportunities for more small- and-medium-sized businesses that are truly the engine of economic growth and employment everywhere.

On the third front – regional and global institutions – the United States has made a concerted effort to work more closely with and within them, because fostering a balanced and stable economy is a challenge too sweeping and complex for countries to approach in isolation. It calls for all of us to cooperate in addressing head-on sources of financial stress that can and are spilling over borders. That means developed nations like the United States need to build more at home and sell more abroad. It means developing economies here in Asia. We need to grow larger middle classes that can fuel demand for both domestic and imported goods and services. That purchasing power will come from better jobs with higher wages and safer working conditions, including for women, migrant workers, and others who are too often excluded from the formal economy. If we do this right, globalization can become a race to the top, with rising standards of living and more broadly shared prosperity.

The United States has made this goal a centerpiece of our bilateral diplomacy, including within our Strategic and Economic Dialogue with China. And in terms of our outreach to institutions, we elevated the G20 as the focus for international cooperation on economic policy. We signed the treaty of Amity and Cooperation with ASEAN. We joined the East Asia Summit. And as host of APEC last year in Honolulu, we drove an agenda focused on strengthening regional economic integration, promoting green sustainable growth, advancing regulatory cooperation and convergence, and, yes, expanding economic opportunities for women.

Here’s just one example of what we’ve done. In Hawaii, President Obama brought his fellow APEC leaders together around a set of principles for effective, market-driven, non-discriminatory innovation policy.

We’re all looking to ensure that innovation is a key growth source for the years ahead. And it’s time for each of us to implement the innovation principles we agreed to with detailed guidelines that commit each economy to actively uphold global standards, enforce intellectual property rights, end technology transfer mandates, and improve procurement policies. This should be a major priority for APEC going forward.

And I am pleased that here in Vladivostok, APEC has agreed to cap tariffs on more than 50 environmental goods, which will help encourage the development of clean technologies and greener growth across the region. Among other steps that will be considered and agreed to by the leaders, we also pledged to avoid export restrictions that contribute to spikes in food prices during droughts and shortages, and to counter illegal wildlife trafficking in endangered and protected species.

On the fourth and final line of action, the United States has pushed for reforms that allow more people in more places to participate in the formal economy, especially women. Now, there is a growing body of evidence that bringing more women into the workplace, including into senior management, spurs innovation and productivity. Research also shows that companies that hire women executives and board members thrive and often out-perform those that do not. One recent study, however, found that more than 70 percent of companies in emerging Asian economies have no women on their governing boards. Now, by some estimates by the World Bank and others, restrictions on women’s economic participation are costing the APEC region more than $40 billion in lost GDP every year.

As the host of APEC, last year the United States focused on tapping into the vast economic potential of women across the Asia-Pacific. And in San Francisco, in preparation for the meeting in Honolulu, member economies targeted four critical areas: access to capital, access to markets, skills and capacity building, and leadership. And then in St. Petersburg, again in a run up to the APEC meeting here in Vladivostok, we agreed among ourselves and announced more than 70 new programs and policies to implement the goals of those four areas. The United States launched new initiatives to train central and commercial banks in inclusive lending practices and to help governments use their purchasing power to support women entrepreneurs and small businesses. We’ll stay focused on these challenges, because no economic system can be truly open, free, transparent, and fair if half of the population is excluded and exploited.

Let me leave you with this final thought. The United States is making a major investment in the Asia-Pacific. And we are doing everything that we can to promote that open, free, transparent, and fair economic system. But the success of this effort depends upon all of us here – governments and businesses, citizens alike. The private sector needs to stand up for the system that will allowed you to thrive over the long run. That means pushing governments to support high-standard trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to drop harmful protectionist policies. It means playing by the rules, respecting workers, and opening doors qualified women. And most of all, it means doing what you do best: build, hire, and grow.

APEC has long made it a priority to include the private sector as a partner. The CEO Summit and the APEC Business Advisory Council are both opportunities to keep this dialogue going. And we’ve also have launched three new APEC Policy Partnerships on food security, on women and the economy, and now in innovation, science, and technology, and each of the (inaudible) to have a seat at the table. I encourage you to join us and contribute your energy and expertise to the important work we must do together.

The difference between a region on the path to sustainable growth and one whose gains will be more short-lived comes down to norms, to those so-called rules of the road. Setting and enforcing them should be a top priority for governments and businesses alike. Leaders across the Asia-Pacific have an opportunity to set the task forward now. The United States stands ready to be constructive partner in these efforts. We believe in the Asia-Pacific, but we know that the economic community that APEC foresaw all those years ago when it started has made great progress. But the challenge now is not to grow weary, not to turn inward, but to keep moving forward together. And if we do, the promise of the Asia-Pacific will be realized. On behalf of the United States, we look forward to working with you for the years ahead to realize greater, more inclusive, sustainable prosperity across the Asia-Pacific.

Thank you all. (Applause.)


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Public Schedule for September 8, 2012

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
September 8, 2012



Secretary Clinton is on foreign travel to Vladivostok, Russia. Secretary Clinton is accompanied by Under Secretary Hormats, Assistant Secretary Campbell, Spokesperson Nuland, Director Sullivan, Special Representative Lewis, White House Senior Director for Asian Affairs Daniel Russel, and VADM Harry B. Harris, Jr., JCS. Please click here for more information.

8:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in a signing ceremony with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Vladivostok, Russia.

8:50a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, in Vladivostok, Russia.

10:40 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in Vladivostok, Russia.

12:35 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton delivers Remarks at the CEO Summit, in Vladivostok, Russia.

3:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in APEC Leaders’ Retreat I, in Vladivostok, Russia.

5:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton participates in the APEC Business Advisory Council Dialogue with Leaders, in Vladivostok, Russia.

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Clinton Arrives in Russia for APEC Summit

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks for the launch of the Brunei-U.S. English Language Enrichment Project for ASEAN at Universiti Brunei Daussalam in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, September 7, 2012.
 VOA News

September 07, 2012

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary has arrived in Russia for a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders, while a Chinese state newspaper is warning Washington not to use the annual economic summit to focus on political differences.

Clinton arrived Friday in the far eastern Russian city of Vladivostok after wrapping up her six-nation tour of Asia that largely focused on the territorial disputes between China and several key U.S. allies.

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit is expected to highlight efforts to re-energize world and regional economic growth.  The 21-member APEC forum accounts for 40 percent of the world’s population, 54 percent of economic output and 44 percent of trade.

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For a little background, here is an excerpt from a press briefing by a senior State Department official en route to Vladivostok.

So guys, just very quickly, just on where we’re going – I know you all know, but so Vladivostok in Russian means – “vlad,” as Steve knows, means power, and “vostok” is east. So it means power of the east and has always been sort of periodically through Russian history the point in which Russia has tried to be active in Asia.

And so one of the things that we’ve seen in that last couple of months is another renewed effort on the part of Russia to articulate that they want to play a larger role in the Asia Pacific region. So the last time this happened was in 1986 when Mikhail Gorbachev gave a famous speech in Vladivostok about Russia wanting to play a more purposeful role. In fact, they have not played a very active role to date. They are part of the Six-Party Talks with North Korea, but their engagement is episodic, and I think we’re going to want to be talking with them more directly about what their goals and ambitions are. We have welcomed them to engage in a stronger dialogue on Asia, and I think we’ll be looking to take them up on that possibility over the course of the next couple of months.

So APEC – we have a couple of things that we’re going to try to accomplish and nail down this year. The first is, last year the leaders came to a general agreement on trade within the APEC countries on environmental goods and services. But in fact, as is often the case in these complex negotiations, the challenge is in the details, and so we’ve spent the last year trying to nail down what specific products and services are included in that list, and we hope to be able to conclude that in the next couple of days. That’s actually quite significant if we can accomplish it because this is, by far and away, the largest potential growing market associated with environmental goods and services.

Second is, a lot of Asian countries are nervous about food security, particularly in the rice supplies and the cost of rice, and so that will be a subject particularly on the second day. But really what these meetings are about more than anything else are the conversations in the hallways and what takes place in the bilateral meetings. I think as [Senior State Department Official One] said, we anticipate the Secretary will have a range of discussions with Asian interlocutors, and most of them have requested a chance to sit down and talk with her.

I think we will see, in one fashion or another, every one of the ASEAN leaders. And in those discussions, we’re going to want to compare notes on what’s transpiring with regard to the code of conduct. I think the Secretary will also want to debrief them on her recent stops both at ASEAN and as it relates to her visit in China. She’ll be meeting with the heads – with the presidents of – the President of Korea and the Prime Minister of Japan. We’ll talk about a variety of bilateral business, but we will also remind both countries of the importance we place on their determination to work well together. And we have been concerned by tensions of late between Tokyo and South Korea – Tokyo and Seoul.

I also wanted to give you guys just a little bit of context of what we have seen since we’ve left Beijing. I urge you to take a look at the speech that Prime Minister Lee, the Prime Minister of Singapore, gave yesterday – a very important speech, and it’s important because it was given in Beijing on a number of fronts. First of all, his overall message is the message that Secretary Clinton and the United States and other countries have been articulating now for months – the importance of dealing with the issue of the South China Sea constructively, diplomatically, and articulating that the code of conduct is the best way forward.

He also was pretty clear about Singapore and ASEAN’s desire for there to be a good relationship between China and the United States, and in fact, he went into some detail about how the United States has historically rallied from challenging circumstances, and that he believes, as do others, that the United States is going to play an extraordinarily important role in the Asia Pacific region for decades to come, and in fact, we’re going nowhere. We’re going to be around and deeply engaged.

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The picture is not from this event but rather from an event yesterday.  Pics are slow coming through today and this one is  too awesome not to share!

A picture taken in St. Petersburg on June 28, 2012, shows US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton laying flowers at the monument to the Heroic Defenders of Leningrad, commemorating those who fought against the Nazis during the 900-day siege of the city in 1941-1944. The city’s name was changed back from Leningrad to St. Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet collapse. Clinton arrived today in St. Petersburg, for talks with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that are expected to be dominated by the ongoing crisis in Syria. AFP PHOTO / OLGA MALTSEVA (Photo credit should read OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/GettyImages)

Remarks at the APEC Women and the Economy Forum


Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Catherine Palace
St. Petersburg, Russia
June 29, 2012

Good evening. It is wonderful to be here. And I want to thank our hostess and the chair of the Federal Council for welcoming us here to this absolutely amazing, beautiful place at Catherine’s Palace in St. Petersburg during the White Nights. Valentina, personally, I am so grateful to you. And I appreciate everything the Russian Government has done to host APEC women and the economy. And we look forward to working with Indonesia next year to ensure that this issue remains a central part of the APEC agenda.

So many people contributed to making this gathering a success, from the Governments of Singapore and Japan, who have made this issue and this forum a priority from the very beginning, to our partners in the private sector who are part of the APEC agenda, who have been working to further the goals that we all agreed to in the San Francisco Declaration. And I think it’s especially fitting that here in the Catherine Palace, in this beautiful city, we remember that Russia has a history of strong women leaders in the past and the present. And we are – (applause) – we are honored to be celebrating the progress we are all making together at this time.

I think it’s fair to say that since Peter the Great, Russians have viewed St. Petersburg as not only their “window on the West,” but as a place to showcase so much of Russia’s great art, great workmanship, which we can see around us in this palace. But certainly given the huge size of Russia, Russia looks in all directions and, in particular, looks toward Asia and the Pacific.

Like the United States, Russia is a Pacific power that has the opportunity to play a constructive role in the region. Last July at the ASEAN Regional Forum, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and I spoke about the need for Russia and the United States to deepen our cooperation on the future of trade, investment, and business in this critical region. We are working to intensify our shared efforts in the Asia Pacific on everything from strengthening maritime security, to responding to natural disasters, to halting nuclear proliferation, and, of course, working to promote the rights and opportunities of women. So we look forward to continuing this dialogue, not only between Russia and the United States, but among all of our APEC partners.

If you think about APEC, our membership includes the first, second, and third largest national economies in the world, as well as many others that are growing, despite the economic downturn. Yet for all our diversity, 9 months ago in San Francisco, we joined together around a shared vision and commitment to the kind of growth that we believe will go even further to provide opportunities by taking concrete actions to increase women’s participation in our economies.

As I reported last year in San Francisco, there is a growing body of evidence that proves bringing more women into the workforce spurs innovation, increases productivity, and grows economies. Families have more money to spend. Businesses expand their consumer base and increase their profits. In short, when women participate more fully in their economies, everyone benefits.

Now for developed economies with aging populations, women can help create new jobs and opportunities. Women-owned businesses in my country contribute nearly $3 trillion to our economy, and they have actually been growing at more than twice the rate of businesses owned by men. In Japan, raising the 60 percent employment rate among women to match the 80 percent rate among men would add more than 8 million workers and could increase Japanese GDP by as much as 15 percent.

In other countries throughout APEC, increasing women’s entrepreneurship raises incomes while reducing inequality. There are nearly 6 million formal, women-owned small businesses in East Asia. And in economies like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, women-owned businesses are increasing and growing at a fast rate. Women now represent 40 percent of the global labor force, 43 percent of the global agricultural workforce, and more than half of the world’s university students. So it’s just logical: Limiting women’s economic potential is for every country like leaving money on the table. It doesn’t make sense, especially when we are still struggling to grow our way out of the economic crisis.

Yet let’s be clear. We all know women still face obstacles. According to the World Bank, there are more than 100 countries where laws are different for women than men who wish to participate in the economy. In some countries, women cannot open a bank account or sign a contract. In other countries, women are restricted as to what professions they can enter and what hours they can work. In still other countries, women are not permitted to be the head of her household, and they are not permitted to make decisions for their own good and the good of their children. So these rules undermine women’s economic participation and women’s dignity and rights while reinforcing the damaging idea that women should be treated differently because of our gender. Even where there are no legal barriers, social or institutional restrictions often hold women back. In the United States we are still grappling with issues like equal pay.

In San Francisco we pledged to take on these challenges and we identified four critical areas: access to capital, access to markets, skills and capacity building, and women’s leadership. And we are making progress. Japan has hosted the first regional forum addressing barriers to women’s leadership. Here in St. Petersburg we are looking at how corporate structures discourage women from assuming leadership positions. And we are discussing ways to improve women’s skills in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Today, I am announcing two new APEC initiatives to expand women’s access to capital and markets. First, we want to help governments use their purchasing power to support women entrepreneurs and grow their economies. So we are working with the United Nations International Trade Center to improve the ability of APEC governments to source from women-owned businesses.

We will also work to help governments see how they can help build the capacity of women entrepreneurs to meet the needs of large-scale buyers. When I was a United States Senator, I worked to help improve small businesses, both women and men, and to help them advertise their products. So a woman who had a very small business making quality soap got a huge order and didn’t have the personnel to actually fill the order. So how do we fill that gap so that if we help women’s businesses improve, how do we create more capacity for them?

Second, we are joining with expert partners to train central and commercial banks throughout the Asia Pacific in inclusive lending practices so that women can access finance and capital. Westpac Bank has increased their bottom line by 2.5 billion Australian dollars in 2009 by focusing on women as borrowers.

So I think we can do even more (inaudible), and I’ll leave you with one example of how our San Francisco commitment inspired a new initiative in the Americas. Now the Americas and the Asia Pacific have many distinct concerns, but the needs of entrepreneurs are similar around the world. Two months ago at the Summit of the Americas, we launched a program to create public-private partnerships to support women entrepreneurs. I’ll give you the example of one woman, Estephany Marte. Her father started out selling pineapples out of his truck almost 30 years ago. Now she employs more than 30 people and runs a small business supplying local grocery stores and restaurants with fresh fruit pulp. She’s ready to go international, so she has joined our Women Entrepreneurship Program and has been connected with business leaders, given a training session, helped her get contacts so that she could grow her business. Now she needed access to capital – and she was able to get it – to purchase a refrigerated truck.

So we’re looking for both the big ideas that will inspire people and the very small steps that will help individuals succeed. We’re connecting people like Estephany to large-scale buyers such as Coca-Cola or Marriott. And we know there are millions of women like her in Vietnam, in Thailand, here in Russia, across the Asia Pacific, and the world. And what we have to do is open our minds, think creatively, look for new and better ways of doing business, and be sure that we keep women at the table.

And we know this is not going to happen overnight, but I am so pleased by the progress we’ve made in just one year from San Francisco to St. Petersburg, and now we will go on to Bali and beyond. Progress is possible. It needs to be accelerated. We need the economic engine that women can provide in every one of our countries, and I pledge that the United States will continue to work with you as a partner as we make progress together.

Thank you all very much. (Applause.)

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Public Schedule for November 13, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
November 13, 2011

Secretary Clinton accompanies President Obama during his participation in APEC USA 2011 Leaders Week, in Honolulu, Hawaii (ET – 5 hours). Click here for more information.

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FINALLY!!! She is outside and not in a windowless room! She looks beautiful in the Hawaiian sunset.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang for bi-lateral talks during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 12,2011. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang for bilateral talks during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang for bilateral talks during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (R) gestures as she meets with Pacific Island Country leaders for bi-lateral talks during the APEC summit in Honolulu, Hawaii November 12,2011. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

Talk about information crossing the Pacific at a slow drip!


Secretary Clinton’s Meeting with Pacific Island Leaders

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 13, 2011

On November 12 in Honolulu, Hawaii, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton hosted a  meeting with Pacific Island leaders to discuss regional issues and ongoing United States engagement in the Pacific. She joined Representatives from the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kingdom of Tonga, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Republic of Nauru, Niue, Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Kiribati, Samoa, and Solomon Islands as well as Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands Forum, and the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency. Also attending the meeting were Senator Daniel Inouye, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell, Pacific Command Commander Admiral Robert Willard, United States Coast Guard District Fourteen Commander Rear Admiral Charles Ray, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Insular Affairs Tony Babauta, USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg, and East-West Center President Dr. Charles Morrison.

This meeting underscored our whole-of-government approach to working together to address the challenges and opportunities in the region. Secretary Clinton and the leaders discussed a range of issues including the environment and climate change, renewable energy, fisheries, non-communicable diseases, and maritime security.

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Public Schedule for November 12, 2011

Public Schedule

Washington, DC
November 12, 2011

Secretary Clinton participates in the APEC USA 2011 Leaders Week, in Honolulu, Hawaii (ET – 5 hours). She is accompanied by Under Secretary Hormats, Under Secretary Otero, Assistant Secretary Campbell and Director Sullivan. Click here for more information.

10:20 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton greets Taiwanese APEC Representative Lien Chan, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

10:30 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton holds a bilateral meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Surapong, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

11:05 a.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Representative Jim McDermott and Representative Levin, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

PM LOCAL Secretary Clinton joins President Obama’s meetings, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

5:00 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Hong Kong Chief Executive Tsang, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

5:10 p.m. LOCAL Secretary Clinton meets with Pacific Island leaders, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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