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Clinton stresses security in Pacific in pushing American partnership model


14:50, September 01, 2012

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) -- In a speech with a heavy emphasis on "security", U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Pacific island leaders Friday that the U.S. was looking to an "American model of partnership" in the region.

Clinton told a gathering of Pacific island leaders in the capital of the Cook Islands that she was honored to be the first U. S. Secretary of State to participate in the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)'s Post- Forum Dialogue Partners Meeting.

And she said the United States was willing to work with all other parties who had an interest in the Pacific such as "Japan, the European Union, China, other development partners who are here from the UK to Canada."

"We all have important contributions and stakes in this region' s success, to advance your security, your opportunity and your prosperity. I think, after all, the Pacific is big enough for all of us," she said.

The Obama administration had made a major push to increase engagement across the Asia-Pacific region, which it recognized as a "key driver of global economics and politics."

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