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PacNet #10 – Reassuring Allies: Secretary Clinton’s Most Important Mission

We welcome the news that Hillary Clinton’s first overseas trip as Secretary of State will be to Japan, Korea, and China (appropriately in that order). While her visit to Beijing will likely garner the lion’s share of attention, her visits to Tokyo and Seoul are equally if not more important. As we discovered during a recent visit, anxieties about the Obama administration’s Asia policy are running high among government officials and foreign policy elites in both capitals.