Defense Media Activity – Hawaii News Bureau
Story by Tech. Sgt. Cohen Young
Clinton was in Hawaii to begin her two-week trip through the Pacific Region where she will makes visits to Guam, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia and America Samoa discussing the Asia-Pacific strategy with U.S. allies.
U.S. Pacific Command Adm. Robert Willard and other Hawaii based leaders greet Secretary Clinton when she arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on the afternoon of Oct. 27. She made her way to the Kahala Resort where she and Minister Maehara discussed the Japanese-American alliance, the role of U.S. forces in Japan and the Secretary’s overall Asia-Pacific strategy.
Clinton delivered a major policy speech at the Kahala Resort here on Oct. 28 stating that she was looking forward to this trip for some time, as she has seven diverse destinations to visit.
“This itinerary reflects Asia’s diversity and dynamism,” said Clinton.
“It complements the route that President Obama will take in just a few weeks when he visits India, Indonesia, Japan and South Korea,” added Clinton.
According to the Secretary, she and the President will cover a significant portion of this vital region at a pivotal moment after nearly two years of intensive engagement. The U.S. goals in the Pacific are to sustain and strengthen America’s leadership in the Asia Pacific Region; to improve security; to heighten prosperity and promote our values, said the Secretary.
The United States has been practicing forward deployed diplomacy, which means they have adopted a proactive footing.
“We’ve sent the full range of our diplomatic assets including our highest ranking officials, our development experts, our teams from a wide range of pressing issues into every corner and every capital of the Asia Pacific Region,” said Clinton.
“We know that much of the history of the 21st century will be written in Asia,” said Clinton. “This region will see the most transformative economic growth on the planet,” she added.
Clinton also remarked on how important America has been as Asia has moved forward in the future.
“The progress that we see today in Asia has not only been the hard work of leaders and citizens of across the region, but the American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that protect borders and patrol the region’s waters; the American diplomats that have settled conflicts and brought nations together in common causes; the American business leaders and entrepreneurs who invested in new markets and formed trans-pacific partnerships; the American aid workers that have helped countries rebuild in the wake of disasters and the American educators and students that have shared ideas and experiences with their counterparts across the ocean,” said the Secretary.
She spoke about underlying regional security and supporting stronger democratic institutions and the spread of universal human values. She also spoke about how the bond with Japan, Korea, Australia, Thailand and the Philippines remained a foundation for U.S. strategic engagement.
“These alliances have safeguarded regional peace and security for the past half century and supported the region’s remarkable growth,” said the Secretary.
Many members of the crowd constantly applauded and cheered the words spoken by Clinton to include many of the university students.
“Being from Thailand originally and being able to listen to the Secretary of State’s speech has broadened my will to understand the relationship that America has with Thailand and other countries,” said Lalit (Cherie) Kanavivatchai, a Communications Major at Hawaii Pacific University.
“This has helped me as a communication’s major learn another way to present an important message as well, added Kanavivatchai.
“I know how much Hawaii serves as that bridge to the Asia Pacific Region,” said Clinton. “The very diversity and dynamism of Hawaii says so much about what is possible not only in our country, but in countries throughout the Pacific.”
“It was inspirational to hear her speak in person of the different roles that Hawaii plays,” said Kelly Sun Yong Park, a Political Science and Economics major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus.
“It was inspiring the role and duties that the U.S. will fill in upcoming events,” added Ms. Park.