Campbell Starts Asian Tour in Japan

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 3:35 pm (UTC-5)
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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell says Japan and the U.S. are entering perhaps the most consequential period of diplomacy in years.

Campbell made his remark on arrival at Tokyo's Narita Airport Thursday as head of a U.S. delegation. He noted that Japan has new leadership and said that U.S. officials are looking forward to consultations and discussions.

He said that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will invite Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba to visit Washington later this year.

Campbell said during his visit to Tokyo the two sides will discuss all the areas they consider a common cause ahead of a series of regional meetings, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting in Hawaii and U.S.-ASEAN summits.

He also confirmed that U.S. President Barack Obama will be attending the East Asia Summit in Bali, Indonesia, next month.

Japan is the first stop on Campbell's Asian tour. He will also visit South Korea, Hong Kong, Brunei, Thailand and China.