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If there are people who find the silence deafening, there are some reasons why we are not hearing from Hillary Clinton on the subject of the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

First and foremost, she is not POTUS.  People should not complain about her not doing something they failed to hire her to do.  In 2007 and 2008, Hillary told us of many things she would do if we hired her.  I, personally, voted to hire her,  but she did not get the job!

Second, she has been a little busy lately:

  • The Japanese decided NOT to press us to move the Futenma base thanks to her.

  • She managed to get a U.S.A. Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo built, staffed, opened.

  • She has been trying to convince China to support a strong North Korea sanction.
  • She has been supporting our ally, South Korea.

  • She spent the better part of a week getting Hamid Karzai back under our tent and away from the Taliban.
  • For the past month, she has been the leader of the U.S. delegation to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

This conference ended about a half hour ago, and her meeting this morning with Ambassador Rice had everything to do with her position as chief of that delegation since that Treaty hit some rough spots, and we still have no news of whether the final draft was approved.  Read about that here.

UN nuclear conference gets last-minute draft statement

**UPDATE** The State Department just posted the highlights of the adopted treaty document.

Now directly prior to attending the opening of that conference, she appeared on Meet the Press and she did speak about offshore drilling then.   You can see her remarks on video at that link.  However, since that appearance she has been a bit busy doing the job she DID get, and doing it very well.

So if she’s silent on the Gulf disaster (in fairness, her State Department has conferred with Cuba about this,  and I am certain the subject came up during President Calderon’s visit, also) so what?  What do people expect her to say?  The guy who got the job should be acting on that.  Speeches and comments are one thing.  Actions speak best.

CORRECTION:  She did address the spill in her press availablitity yesterday with Sri Lankan External Minister Peiris.

QUESTION: Madam Secretary, thank you. So many eyes today on the oil spill, and we know there have been some offers of assistance from other countries. From where you stand, from your perspective, do you want more offers of assistance? And are you disappointed that more hasn’t been accepted by the United States and the oil company, as so many people in the United States are clamoring for more booms, et cetera? And also, what message do you have to America’s neighbors who may experience the ill effects of the spill? 

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, Charley, the United States Government is working every second of every minute to mitigate the effects of this terrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We are very grateful for the generous offers of assistance that we’ve received from 17 countries and the European Union, including the European Maritime Safety Agency, the environment unit of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and the United Nations Environment Program, and the International Maritime Organization.
Countries from all over the world have offered general assistance and then some have made very specific offers, including experts in various aspects of oil spill impacts, research, and technical expertise and equipment, including booms, dispersants, oil pumps and skimmers. And we are very thankful for all of these efforts. The U.S. Coast Guard, which is the lead agency in the U.S. Government’s response efforts, continues to monitor developments, evaluate specific needs, assess offers of assistance, and determine our response.
While no offers of direct material assistance have been required by the United States Government thus far, we have accepted and are grateful for assistance in the form of notification regarding the spill sent by the International Maritime Organization to its member states and coordination of EU offers of assistance. And BP has accepted boom and skimmers offered by the governments of Mexico and Norway in coordination with the Unified Area Command. We are in very close, constant communication with other countries that border the Gulf.
This is just a terrible environmental disaster and we are working very hard with all of our partners to try to contain it, prevent further damage. But because of the extraordinary nature of this particular disaster, it is taking some time to fully bring to bear all of the material that is needed. But as the President said yesterday, this is the highest priority from the President on down to every federal government representative that is in the Gulf trying to work to mitigate the impact. But we are, as I said in the beginning, very grateful for the concern and the offers from our partners and friends around the world.

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I was hoping this video would show up!

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Remarks At USA Pavilion Gala Dinner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Pavilion at Shanghai Expo
Shanghai, China
May 22, 2010

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Please give a warm welcome to the commissioner general of the USA Pavilion, Jose Villarreal.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Where is Lavinia? Oh, there you are. Ni hao. Welcome to the USA Pavilion.

One of the things that I am most proud of is the role being served by our student ambassadors. Two weeks ago they helped me welcome President Hu Jintao to our pavilion. And tonight, representing all student ambassadors, is Lavinia Pement of Chicago, who will be translating for me.

(Applause.)

This is obviously a very exciting day, as we celebrate U.S. participation at the Shanghai World Expo. It is a day that some doubted would ever come. But in the true spirit of our pavilion theme of rising to the challenge, we triumphed, and we are here today.

(Applause.)

It is especially exciting, because all of the key participants are here with us, including our financial sponsors, our government officials, the USA Pavilion board of directors, the Shanghai ex-pat community, and our Chinese Expo partners, who have worked with us, hand in hand.

I would like to acknowledge Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Consul General Bea Camp for their continuous support and guidance.

(Applause.)

Let me also say to our Chinese Expo friends that you have made me, our student ambassadors, and our entire USA Pavilion staff feel totally at home in Shanghai. And for that we are profoundly grateful.

Tonight we are privileged to be joined by the person who brought us all here today, and the person most responsible for U.S. participation at the Shanghai World Expo. Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

SECRETARY CLINTON: You have done so well with it. Thank you, and good evening. And welcome to the USA Pavilion, here at Shanghai Expo. I want to thank Jose for that introduction, but I want to thank him more for his leadership as Commissioner General. When I asked Jose to take on this important responsibility, he knew that we had not built the pavilion, he knew that we had not raised all the money for the pavilion. And I told him, “Well, Jose, you and I will have to go and build it, and then entertain people.”

(Laughter.)

And I am very pleased to note that, in recognition of the importance of the Shanghai World Expo to advancing U.S.-China relations, President Obama has accorded Jose the personal rank of Ambassador.

(Applause.)

So we will now, I guess, call you Ambassador Commissioner General.

(Laughter.)

Establishing an American presence at this Expo worthy of our great country was quite a journey.

There is a poem from the Southern Song Dynasty that reads: “After endless mountains and rivers that leave doubt whether there is a path out, suddenly one encounters the shade of a willow, bright flowers and a lovely village.” Well, I am very pleased that we have finally arrived at our lovely village.

(Applause.)

This was a real team effort, a partnership that brought together our government, the private sector, the Chinese-American community, and so many friends and supporters. So, let me offer a few thank-yous.

To Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Consul General Bea Camp, and all the men and women of the U.S. Mission in China, we thank you.

(Applause.)

To Ken Jarett and the board, staff, and volunteers of the USA Pavilion, including our student ambassadors who represent not just the welcoming spirit of our Pavilion, but the openness of our country. And to Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and her deputy, Kris Balderston, and our corporate partners — your generosity and commitment has made all of this possible. And I am very grateful to each and every one of you.

(Applause.)

And finally, I want to express our deep appreciation to our Chinese hosts. It is a great honor to have with us Ambassador Zhang, Vice Foreign Minister Cui, Vice Finance Minister Li, and Vice Mayor Tang here with us this evening. Earlier today I had the privilege of visiting the China Pavilion, with its sweeping panorama of a great nation. The ancient Riverside scroll, which depicts another period of dramatic change and development, has been transformed through the magic of technology into a vivid symbol of the new China. This entire Expo, the largest in history, is a testament to the hospitality and energy of the Chinese people. And all around us we see that the glory of the past is matched by the dynamism of the present and the promise of the future.

The shape of that future depends, to a significant degree, on the evolving relationship between the United States and China. If our relations are defined by win-win solutions rather than zero-sum rivalries, we will thrive and prosper together. Now, we may not always agree on every issue, but we should seek and seize opportunities such as this Expo to build greater understanding between our peoples.

This USA Pavilion embodies many of the qualities that make my country a vibrant and prosperous nation: innovation, sustainability, diversity, the free exchange of ideas. And it is a model of environmental responsibility. And I am proud to announce that the Pavilion will be carbon neutral for the entire duration of the Expo.

700,000 people have already visited this pavilion. And one of the most moving displays is the tribute to the millions of Chinese Americans who have contributed so much to the cultural and economic development of the United States. From Yo-Yo Ma to I.M. Pei to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Chu, Chinese-Americans have achieved great success in business, government, the arts, sciences and sports. And, to that end, I was pleased to hear that the Buffalo Bills have recently drafted the first Chinese-American to play in the NFL.

(Laughter.)

But we also celebrate those Chinese-Americans whose names are not well known to us. And thousands have sent photographs and testimonials documenting the Chinese experience in the United States. And it represents a true pageant of American life.

I.M. Pei, the great architect who built the John F. Kennedy library in Boston, along with many other notable buildings, said that he hoped people who went to the Kennedy Library experienced “revived hope and promise for the future.” And I believe all of us can see that hope and promise here, in Shanghai.

And we have already been entertained by some of the young people who represent the future. I want to thank the Shanghai Music Conservatory string quartet that played for us during the reception. We are going to be hearing from the Parker Ossel Folish (ph) Trio, who will be playing during dinner. These are three young Americans who make their home here, in Shanghai. And then, after dinner, we will be entertained by an extraordinary group of young talent from California State University Northridge and Shanghai Normal University, who have joined forces to present a singing tribute called “Meet Me at the Expo.”

Thank you again to everyone who helped to make this evening and this pavilion possible. You have enabled me to sleep through the night once again. Thank you all very much.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Thank you, Madam Secretary. And now, on behalf of our many sponsors, I would like to introduce PepsiCo chief executive officer, Indra Nooyi, for a special presentation.

(Applause.)

MS. NOOYI: Madam Secretary, Mr. Commissioner General, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present a gift to the USA Pavilion and the Chinese people, as a gesture of support for the Shanghai World Expo, and a gesture of friendship and respect for the people of China.

These panda sculptures are replicas of the (inaudible) peace and harmony, the beautiful and striking icons of the Shanghai Expo. They have been created by the world-famous Chinese artist, Zhang Wan (ph), who is, of course, the creator of the original panda sculpture which greets all Expo guests near the Chinese pavilion. These two smaller panda sculptures will remain here at the USA Pavilion, so as to welcome the Chinese people and all those who come through the doors of the USA Pavilion.

Madam Secretary, it is in this spirit of peace and harmony, and with great friendship and respect, that we present this gift to the USA Pavilion and the Chinese people. Thank you.

(Applause.)

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Here are some photos of Madame Secretary visiting the U.S. and Chinese Pavilions at the Shanghai Expo.


Well guarded by China and her own State Department security. We are thankful for that.


This is some kind of X-Ray simulator. I guess she is X-Raing her hand. So many layers! Is it that chilly in Shanghai? Pretty raincoat.


It rained when she went to Shanghai in November to dedicate the U.S. Pavilion site. Looks like it is raining again!




At the Chinese Pavilion she signed the guest book, fist bumped the matching mascots, shook hands with the Chinese guides, and just generally decorated the place with her pretty presence.



OMG!  I just found these and they are too adorable not to share.  Here is Hillary with the mascots “Haibao.”  Cuteness abounds!  The second picture is also with the mayor of Shanghai Han Zheng.

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Meet and Greet with USA Pavilion Student Ambassadors and Employees

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
USA Pavilion at the Shanghai Expo
Shanghai, China
May 22, 2010

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, all of your ears should be burning, because you have made such a positive impression. And I hear it everywhere, not just from Jose. I hear it from other people, as well. And I think you have really made our people-to-people connections very much a part of what our experience is trying to be, because that’s our whole goal, you know. It is to create lasting connections and understanding between American and Chinese people. And you all represent that.

So, I want you, very quickly, starting right there, to introduce yourself and tell me where you’re from.

PARTICIPANT: I am Deenie, I am from New York.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Yay!

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Little editorial comment.

(Laughter.)

PARTICIPANT: Imena, from South Carolina.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Great.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

PARTICIPANT: Lydia, from Colorado.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Jacqueline, from Massachusetts.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Amy, from California.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Vri, from Buffalo, New York.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Buffalo, New York.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Nina.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Zhing, from California.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Allison, from Pennsylvania.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Ashley, from Long Island, New York.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Bethany, born in Shanghai, now in California.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Ally, I’m from Connecticut.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Lindley, I’m in California.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Caleb, I’m from Detroit, Michigan.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Cathy, I’m from Houston, Texas.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Hannah, I’m from Chicago.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Joy, I’m from Houston, Texas.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Rebecca. I’m from D.C.

PARTICIPANT: And my name is Evan, and I’m from Falls Church, Virginia.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Terrific.

PARTICIPANT: Mark, from Memphis, Tennessee.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Okay.

PARTICIPANT: Sonia, from Hawaii.

PARTICIPANT: Sebastian LaBar, Dallas, Texas.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) Pennsylvania.

PARTICIPANT: Trenton Gabe, from California.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) from Dallas, Texas.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: A chorus.

PARTICIPANT: David Wong, from Idaho.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Benjamin, Washington State.

PARTICIPANT: Tyler, from Park City, Utah.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible), Los Angeles, California.

PARTICIPANT: Ryan, from New York.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Great.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

PARTICIPANT: Charles (inaudible).

PARTICIPANT: Taylor, from Salt Lake City.

PARTICIPANT: I’m Janson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

PARTICIPANT: Jessica, from Los Angeles, California.

PARTICIPANT: Emily, from Los Angeles, California.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) from Los Angeles.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) from Austin, Texas.

PARTICIPANT: Christina from (inaudible).

PARTICIPANT: Katie, from the Scranton area, and (inaudible).

SECRETARY CLINTON: I heard you say that before —

(Laughter.)

PARTICIPANT: Fisher, from (inaudible).

SECRETARY CLINTON: Okay.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) from Pennsylvania, and now New Haven.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

PARTICIPANT: Liberty, from Florida.

PARTICIPANT: Quincy, from Connecticut.

PARTICIPANT: Christina, from San Francisco.

PARTICIPANT: Patricia, from San Francisco.

PARTICIPANT: Sofie, from Minnesota.

PARTICIPANT: Donna, from Boston.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible) from Utah.

PARTICIPANT: Katie, from Alabama.

PARTICIPANT: Mica from Utah.

PARTICIPANT: Edward, born and raised in Kansas.

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: I heard that this morning, too.

(Laughter.)

PARTICIPANT: Pam, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PARTICIPANT: Lavinia, from Chicago.

PARTICIPANT: Heather, from South Carolina.

PARTICIPANT: Sarah Kate, from Wellesley, Massachusetts.

PARTICIPANT: (Inaudible.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Great. What a great cross-section.

Now, let me ask you this. How many of you come from families where Mandarin or another Chinese dialect was spoken? So that’s a pretty good number.

And how many of you just started from scratch, because you were interested in learning the language? Oh, that’s very impressive. Lots of challenging days and nights, I think.

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: And now, how many of you are finished with college? You’re done? You’re done? Okay. And then how many of you are still in college, waiting?

I just can’t thank you enough for your willingness to do this, because it’s been just an incredible addition to our pavilion and our presence here at the Expo.

How did you decide to do this? Anybody?

PARTICIPANT: My grandmother.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Your grandmother?

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Did your grandmother hear about it? Good.

PARTICIPANT: I’ve been in China — this is my third time here. And I lived in Shanghai last summer (inaudible) that the U.S. and China (inaudible) —

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, you are exactly on the right note on that. What about other people?

PARTICIPANT: After Olympics — I volunteered for Olympics.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Did you?

PARTICIPANT: For the 2008 ones. I had such a good time, I knew I had to come here.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Good. Now, you’re all living in a kind of Expo village, right?

PARTICIPANTS: Right.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Is that working out?

PARTICIPANTS: Oh, yes. Very nice.

MR. VILLARREAL: That’s not what you told me.

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, yes, that’s all right. All complaints go to him. Only positive reinforcement comes to me.

Well, do you have any questions? Do you have anything you want to ask me about?

PARTICIPANT: I really appreciate —

PARTICIPANT: How did you find the pavilion today?

SECRETARY CLINTON: You know what? I liked it. I liked it. And, believe me, I was so relieved, because it was not clear at all, when I became Secretary, that we would have a pavilion. And I thought that would not be a good representation of our country at this important time in history at this event.

You know, expositions are historical markers. I mean, we had expositions in St. Louis — you know that old song, which I’m sure some of you sing, “Meet Me in St. Louis?” Then Chicago had a great exposition. New York had a world’s fair. And it — you know, there are too many of them around the world to be present in all of them. But there are important ones, historically. And this is an important one. And I wanted the United States to be here.

So, when I was here in November, it was really a touch-and-go situation. They had — I guess they had some of the outer steel up, right, Jose? And so that was mid to late November. And we were wondering whether we were going to make it. And I kept telling people, “I will have to put it up myself, if you don’t get it up.”

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: So I was very pleased. I was excited. And when I went to the Chinese pavilion, many, many compliments about our pavilion, about how popular it is. I think Jose and the team told me that there were 40,000 people here yesterday. That’s exhausting.

(Laughter.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: And you have to be smiling and nice and bilingual the whole time. That’s very — a very great accomplishment on your part. But people — you know, people seem to be responding. And that makes me happy, because we want as many people to come as possible, and we want them to get, you know, some feel of who we are, as a people, for the future, for that relationship that, you know, you were talking about.

Well, enjoy the rest of your time here.

PARTICIPANTS: Thank you.

(Applause.)

SECRETARY CLINTON: Wow, you are truly a sight for sore eyes. I can’t thank you enough. I mean, things are really off to a good start, and would not be possible without all of your extraordinary dedication to making things happen.

We had a few death-defying moments, in terms of whether we would get the pavilion built, and get it ready. But all finally worked out. And I am so grateful. So let me thank you, thank you for making this a priority, and understanding the importance of the China-U.S. relationship, and how we are trying to build connections between the American and Chinese people. And I think — have we hit 700,000? Did we hit 700,000?

MR. VILLARREAL: Mark?

PARTICIPANT: Last night.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Last night we hit 700,000. So, you know, that is about as good a beginning as one can imagine. And it’s part of what we call public diplomacy. And every one of you is a public diplomat. So I thank you so much.

PARTICIPANTS: Thank you.

(Applause.)

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Remarks At USA Pavilion Gala Dinner

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
U.S. Pavilion at Shanghai Expo
Shanghai, China
May 22, 2010

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. Please give a warm welcome to the commissioner general of the USA Pavilion, Jose Villarreal.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Where is Lavinia? Oh, there you are. Ni hao. Welcome to the USA Pavilion.

One of the things that I am most proud of is the role being served by our student ambassadors. Two weeks ago they helped me welcome President Hu Jintao to our pavilion. And tonight, representing all student ambassadors, is Lavinia Pement of Chicago, who will be translating for me.

(Applause.)

This is obviously a very exciting day, as we celebrate U.S. participation at the Shanghai World Expo. It is a day that some doubted would ever come. But in the true spirit of our pavilion theme of rising to the challenge, we triumphed, and we are here today.

(Applause.)

It is especially exciting, because all of the key participants are here with us, including our financial sponsors, our government officials, the USA Pavilion board of directors, the Shanghai ex-pat community, and our Chinese Expo partners, who have worked with us, hand in hand.

I would like to acknowledge Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Consul General Bea Camp for their continuous support and guidance.

(Applause.)

Let me also say to our Chinese Expo friends that you have made me, our student ambassadors, and our entire USA Pavilion staff feel totally at home in Shanghai. And for that we are profoundly grateful.

Tonight we are privileged to be joined by the person who brought us all here today, and the person most responsible for U.S. participation at the Shanghai World Expo. Ladies and gentlemen, please help me welcome U.S. Secretary of State, the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

SECRETARY CLINTON: You have done so well with it. Thank you, and good evening. And welcome to the USA Pavilion, here at Shanghai Expo. I want to thank Jose for that introduction, but I want to thank him more for his leadership as Commissioner General. When I asked Jose to take on this important responsibility, he knew that we had not built the pavilion, he knew that we had not raised all the money for the pavilion. And I told him, “Well, Jose, you and I will have to go and build it, and then entertain people.”

(Laughter.)

And I am very pleased to note that, in recognition of the importance of the Shanghai World Expo to advancing U.S.-China relations, President Obama has accorded Jose the personal rank of Ambassador.

(Applause.)

So we will now, I guess, call you Ambassador Commissioner General.

(Laughter.)

Establishing an American presence at this Expo worthy of our great country was quite a journey.

There is a poem from the Southern Song Dynasty that reads: “After endless mountains and rivers that leave doubt whether there is a path out, suddenly one encounters the shade of a willow, bright flowers and a lovely village.” Well, I am very pleased that we have finally arrived at our lovely village.

(Applause.)

This was a real team effort, a partnership that brought together our government, the private sector, the Chinese-American community, and so many friends and supporters. So, let me offer a few thank-yous.

To Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Consul General Bea Camp, and all the men and women of the U.S. Mission in China, we thank you.

(Applause.)

To Ken Jarett and the board, staff, and volunteers of the USA Pavilion, including our student ambassadors who represent not just the welcoming spirit of our Pavilion, but the openness of our country. And to Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and her deputy, Kris Balderston, and our corporate partners — your generosity and commitment has made all of this possible. And I am very grateful to each and every one of you.

(Applause.)

And finally, I want to express our deep appreciation to our Chinese hosts. It is a great honor to have with us Ambassador Zhang, Vice Foreign Minister Cui, Vice Finance Minister Li, and Vice Mayor Tang here with us this evening. Earlier today I had the privilege of visiting the China Pavilion, with its sweeping panorama of a great nation. The ancient Riverside scroll, which depicts another period of dramatic change and development, has been transformed through the magic of technology into a vivid symbol of the new China. This entire Expo, the largest in history, is a testament to the hospitality and energy of the Chinese people. And all around us we see that the glory of the past is matched by the dynamism of the present and the promise of the future.

The shape of that future depends, to a significant degree, on the evolving relationship between the United States and China. If our relations are defined by win-win solutions rather than zero-sum rivalries, we will thrive and prosper together. Now, we may not always agree on every issue, but we should seek and seize opportunities such as this Expo to build greater understanding between our peoples.

This USA Pavilion embodies many of the qualities that make my country a vibrant and prosperous nation: innovation, sustainability, diversity, the free exchange of ideas. And it is a model of environmental responsibility. And I am proud to announce that the Pavilion will be carbon neutral for the entire duration of the Expo.

700,000 people have already visited this pavilion. And one of the most moving displays is the tribute to the millions of Chinese Americans who have contributed so much to the cultural and economic development of the United States. From Yo-Yo Ma to I.M. Pei to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Energy Secretary Chu, Chinese-Americans have achieved great success in business, government, the arts, sciences and sports. And, to that end, I was pleased to hear that the Buffalo Bills have recently drafted the first Chinese-American to play in the NFL.

(Laughter.)

But we also celebrate those Chinese-Americans whose names are not well known to us. And thousands have sent photographs and testimonials documenting the Chinese experience in the United States. And it represents a true pageant of American life.

I.M. Pei, the great architect who built the John F. Kennedy library in Boston, along with many other notable buildings, said that he hoped people who went to the Kennedy Library experienced “revived hope and promise for the future.” And I believe all of us can see that hope and promise here, in Shanghai.

And we have already been entertained by some of the young people who represent the future. I want to thank the Shanghai Music Conservatory string quartet that played for us during the reception. We are going to be hearing from the Parker Ossel Folish (ph) Trio, who will be playing during dinner. These are three young Americans who make their home here, in Shanghai. And then, after dinner, we will be entertained by an extraordinary group of young talent from California State University Northridge and Shanghai Normal University, who have joined forces to present a singing tribute called “Meet Me at the Expo.”

Thank you again to everyone who helped to make this evening and this pavilion possible. You have enabled me to sleep through the night once again. Thank you all very much.

(Applause.)

MR. VILLARREAL: Thank you, Madam Secretary. And now, on behalf of our many sponsors, I would like to introduce PepsiCo chief executive officer, Indra Nooyi, for a special presentation.

(Applause.)

MS. NOOYI: Madam Secretary, Mr. Commissioner General, your excellencies, ladies and gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to present a gift to the USA Pavilion and the Chinese people, as a gesture of support for the Shanghai World Expo, and a gesture of friendship and respect for the people of China.

These panda sculptures are replicas of the (inaudible) peace and harmony, the beautiful and striking icons of the Shanghai Expo. They have been created by the world-famous Chinese artist, Zhang Wan (ph), who is, of course, the creator of the original panda sculpture which greets all Expo guests near the Chinese pavilion. These two smaller panda sculptures will remain here at the USA Pavilion, so as to welcome the Chinese people and all those who come through the doors of the USA Pavilion.

Madam Secretary, it is in this spirit of peace and harmony, and with great friendship and respect, that we present this gift to the USA Pavilion and the Chinese people. Thank you.

(Applause.)

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Long days, long nights, and the intrepid Secretary of State just keeps going like a lovely little energizer bunny.   Here we see her plane on the tarmac amid obvious anticipation and excitement at Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.  She is greeted by Ambassador Jon Huntsman and Shanghai Consul General Beatrice Camp.  But not before accommodating a fan who wants a picture, so she strikes a pretty pose.



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