Hillary Clinton promises new era of diplomacy

February 14th, 2009 - 10:41 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Feb 14 (IANS) Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has said the US is committed to a new era of diplomacy and development using smart power to find solutions to global problems through dialogue.

“America cannot solve the problems of the world alone, and the world cannot solve them without America,” she said in an address to the Asia Society, New York, Friday previewing her upcoming trip to East Asia, her first abroad in her new job.

“We will use smart power to work with historic allies and emerging nations to find regional and global solutions to common global problems,” Clinton said vowing to “seek to build partnerships that transcend geographic and political boundaries.”

“In the months ahead, I will press for stronger bilateral, regional, and global cooperation when I meet with leaders of Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa, just as I will seek more robust engagement in my discussions with Asian leaders in Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul, and Beijing next week,” she said.

“In making my first trip as Secretary of State to Asia, I hope to signal that we need strong partners across the Pacific, just as we need strong partners across the Atlantic. We are, after all, both a transatlantic and a transpacific power,” Clinton said.

She was, President Barack Obama’s chief diplomat said, “ready to deliver a message about America’s desire for more rigorous and persistent commitment and engagement, ready to work with leaders in Asia to resolve the economic crisis that threatens the Pacific as much as any other region.”

Clinton said US was “also ready to strengthen its historic partnerships and alliances while developing deeper bonds with all nations, ready to help prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in Asia, ready to expand our combined efforts on 21st century challenges like climate change and clean energy, pandemics, and income inequality.”

In the Obama Administration,” we are also ready to listen,” committed as they were “to a foreign policy that is neither impulsive nor ideological, one that values what others have to say,” Clinton said.

“The global financial crisis requires every nation to look inward for solutions but none of us can afford to become so introspective that we overlook the critical role that international partnerships must play in stabilizing the world’s economy,” she said.

Cautioning against “a race to erect trade and other barriers,” she said: “We must remain committed to a system of open and fair trade.”

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