CLINTON: ASIA-PACIFIC SOON ‘WORLD’S CENTER OF

GRAVITY’
U.S. Secretary of State addresses Hawaii, Pacific Island leaders

HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Nov. 11, 2011) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday buttressed Washington’s new interest in the Asia-Pacific region, saying the region is destined to become "the world’s center of gravity."

Clinton addressed an audience of top political officials at Honolulu’s East-West Center on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a major gathering of world leaders that has challenged this laid-back metropolis with protesters, gridlock and other trials.

Dressed in white under a sunny sky, the foreign secretary delivered a 30-minute speech to an audience including Hawaii’s current and former governors, mayor, congressional representatives, military leaders, academics, community leaders and Pacific island leaders who were on hand for a summit of their own hosted by the East-West Center..

"We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and leave it to others to determine our future for us," she said, emphasizing U.S. plans to increase its political, economic and military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that in the twenty-first century the world’s strategic and economic center of gravity will be the Asia-Pacific, from the Indian subcontinent to the shores of the Americas," she said.

Noting China’s aggressive move into the Pacific, she said the Asian giant must play by the rules to ensure prosperity and harmony in the region.

"Economic integration must be a two-way street," she said.

U.S. Secretary of State addresses Hawaii, Pacific Island leaders

HONOLULU (Pacific Islands Report, Nov. 11, 2011) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday buttressed Washington’s new interest in the Asia-Pacific region, saying the region is destined to become "the world’s center of gravity."

Clinton addressed an audience of top political officials at Honolulu’s East-West Center on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, a major gathering of world leaders that has challenged this laid-back metropolis with protesters, gridlock and other trials.

Dressed in white under a sunny sky, the foreign secretary delivered a 30-minute speech to an audience including Hawaii’s current and former governors, mayor, congressional representatives, military leaders, academics, community leaders and Pacific island leaders who were on hand for a summit of their own hosted by the East-West Center..

"We cannot afford to sit on the sidelines and leave it to others to determine our future for us," she said, emphasizing U.S. plans to increase its political, economic and military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

"It is becoming increasingly clear that in the twenty-first century the world’s strategic and economic center of gravity will be the Asia-Pacific, from the Indian subcontinent to the shores of the Americas," she said.

Noting China’s aggressive move into the Pacific, she said the Asian giant must play by the rules to ensure prosperity and harmony in the region.

"Economic integration must be a two-way street," she said.

 

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