Tibet on Hillary Clinton’s Agenda during China Visit: US State DepartmentFriday, 6 February 2009, 10:51 a.m.
|US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton/File Photo|
Dharamshala: Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss the issue of Tibet and human rights during her visit to Beijing later this month, the State Department has said.”The subjects of human rights and Tibet always come up in conversations with our Chinese counterparts, because human rights are a very important issue for the US. So I would suspect that those issues could very well come up,” State Department spokesperson, Robert Wood, told reporters after announcing about Clinton’s Asia trip.In her first trip abroad since taking office, Secretary of State Clinton will visit Japan, Indonesia, South Korea and China from 16 to 22 February. Clinton will visit China from 20 – 22 February.”In all capitals, the Secretary will be discussing common approaches to the challenges facing the international community, including the financial markets turmoil, humanitarian issues, security and climate change,” he said.Referring to the recent statement of Clinton that relationship with China is important for the US; Wood said the State Department will have an important role in engaging China. So far it is the Treasury Department which has had the lead role in US-China relationship, he said.”There are a number of humanitarian issues around the world that we’re concerned about. And the Chinese are a major global player, and we want to see how we can partner with the Chinese to try and help resolve some of these horrible and horrific humanitarian situations we have – we’re dealing with around the global,” Wood said on human rights issues.Clinton will meet senior Chinese officials to develop a positive cooperative relationship between the two countries, Wood said.