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Clinton To Visit China, Pacific Islands On Asia Tour

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will hold talks in China and become the first top US diplomat to visit East Timor and a Pacific island summit on an 11-day Asia trip, officials said Tuesday.

Clinton’s latest trip comes as the United States puts a greater focus on Asia, which has served as a key driver of economic growth and where a rising China has faced growing friction with its neighbors.

Clinton will leave Thursday for the Cook Islands to take part in the Pacific Islands Forum, leading the highest-level US delegation to the 41-year-old summit at a time that China has been increasingly active in the South Pacific.

“Her visit will emphasize the depth and breadth of American engagement across economic, people-to-people, strategic, environmental and security interests,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.



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