Deputy Secretary Zoellick: Travel to East Asia
Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick traveled to Laos, Hong Kong, and China July 26 to August 3. During Mr. Zoellick's trip (his second trip to the region in 12 weeks), he represented the United States at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Post-Ministerial Conference and the ASEAN Regional Forum in Laos, consulting with the new Chief Executive of Hong Kong, and inaugurating a new Senior Dialogue with Chinese counterparts from the Foreign Ministry and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) in Beijing.
During the ASEAN Post-Ministerial Conference and Regional Forum in Laos, Deputy Secretary Zoellick discussed President Bush's commitment to strengthen our cooperation with ASEAN members on a variety of security, economic, and transnational issues. He also held bilateral discussions with several ASEAN ministers on issues of both bilateral and regional concern.
In Hong Kong, the Deputy Secretary was the first senior U.S. official to meet with Hong Kong's new Chief Executive, Donald Tsang.
Deputy Secretary and Hong Kong Chief Executive discuss issues while sitting in arm chairs.
In China, Deputy Secretary Zoellick took part in a Senior Dialogue that was launched by Presidents Bush and Hu Jintao at last year's APEC meeting in Chile. This dialogue is intended to assess interests in an integrated fashion, consider points of mutual interest, and discuss how best to manage differences. The discussions with the NDRC similarly considered the integration of economic topics.
Remarks by Deputy Secretary Zoellick
08/02/05: Remarks at U.S. Embassy Beijing
07/30/05: Remarks to the Press Following Meeting With Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang
07/29/05: Remarks at ASEAN Regional Forum
07/28/05: Remarks at ASEAN Post Ministerial Conference Joint Press Conference
07/28/05: Announcing the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development
07/29/05: U.S.-ASEAN Cooperation Plan (ACP)
07/29/05: Enhancing United States-ASEAN Cooperation