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Tuesday, 26th October 2010
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Japan's foreign minister to meet Clinton

Seiji Maehara, Japan's foreign minister, will meet Hillary Clinton during a forthcoming trip to Hawaii.

The meeting with the US secretary of state will show the strong ties between the two countries and the Asia-Pacific region.

Mrs Clinton will then visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand and Australia as part of the launch of the US's role in the East Asia Summit.

"She will begin her trip in Honolulu where she will have a meeting with Japanese foreign minister Maehara and then deliver a speech on US policy toward the Asia-Pacific region," explained state department spokesman PJ Crowley.

Media reports suggest talks between the two politicians could focus on the recent territory disputes between China and Japan.

The East Asia Summit discusses issues related to East Asia and aims to promote the economic and political welfare of the region. First held in 2005 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the summit is attended by a number of heads of state from countries such as India, China, Korea and New Zealand.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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