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She will leave Thursday for the Cook Islands to take part in the Pacific Islands Forum, leading the highest-level U.S. delegation to the 41-year-old summit at a time that China has been increasingly active in the South Pacific.

She will head Sept. 3 to Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, which the Obama administration initially eyed as a growing U.S. partner due to its size and democratic values.

She will hold talks Sept. 4 to 5 in Beijing, which comes amid both friction and cautious cooperation between the world’s two largest economies on issues from trade to North Korea to Syria.

Already the most-traveled secretary of state in U.S. history, Mrs. Clinton on Sept. 6 will become the highest-ranking U.S official to visit East Timor, an impoverished half-island that became independent from Indonesia in 2002.

She also will visit Brunei — one of several nations with territorial disputes with China — and take part in the Sept. 8 to 9 summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in the Russian port of Vladivostok.

From wire dispatches and staff reports