U.S. envoy to visit China, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan

08:31, March 16, 2011      

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert Blake Jr. will travel to China, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan on March 16-26, the State Department said on Tuesday.

In Beijing on March 17-18, Blake will lead a U.S. government delegation to the U.S.-China Sub-Dialogue on Central Asia, the department said, noting that he will also discuss regional issues with government officials and meet with scholars and students.

He participated in a Sub-Dialogue on South Asia in Beijing on May 3-4, 2010.

In Bangladesh, the senior diplomat will hold bilateral consultations with the government as well as meet civil society leaders and the opposition, the department said, adding that he will attend the Regional Security Initiative Conference in Dhaka.

In Kazakhstan's capital Astana, Blake will lead the U.S. delegation at the second Annual Bilateral Consultations. The State Department said topics will include Afghanistan cooperation, civil society, human rights and military cooperation.

In addition, Blake will meet with students at Nazarbayev University and members of civil society.

Source: Xinhua

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