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12 November 2009

US wants substantive cooperation with Apec – Clinton

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US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has stressed the Obama administration's commitment to substantive cooperation with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) economies, reported Singapore’s broadcaster the Channel News Asia.

She made this point to the media after a day-long meeting with APEC trade and foreign ministers. Clinton's arrival in Singapore caps an almost year long engagement process with Southeast Asia under the new Obama administration.

So when the US commander in chief himself arrives in Singapore this weekend, Apec leaders will be looking out for President Barack Obama to signal his administration's long-term commitment to the region - even as he grapples with his country's many internal issues.

"When President Obama arrives here later this week, he will underscore our view that Apec is an essential forum for engagement and action," said Clinton.

Her meetings with APEC ministers saw discussions that covered North Korea and Myanmar. The US recently started a new policy of engagement with Myanmar's military leaders. But Clinton stated that US sanctions on Myanmar will remain until meaningful progress is seen in the country.


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