Rice promises ‘progressive’ Asia tilt on women’s rights, climate change

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She promised that the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific — seen by many as derailed by continuing crises in the Middle East and South Asia — would continue, as would aid to the typhoon disaster area.

“Recovery will be a long process, but the United States will stand beside the Philippines every step of the way — getting people back to work, rebuilding homes, reopening schools,” she said.

Mr. Ratner said Vice President Biden’s trip to the region next month would be an important litmus test of how the new policy would actually get implemented.

Another test would come on President Obama’s rescheduled trip to the region, to replace the South East Asia visit canceled as a result of the government shutdown in October.

Ms. Rice announced for the first time today the president would travel there in April, but gave no details of the itinerary.

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Shaun Waterman is an award-winning reporter for The Washington Times, covering foreign affairs, defense and cybersecurity. He was a senior editor and correspondent for United Press International for nearly a decade, and has covered the Department of Homeland Security since 2003. His reporting on the Sept. 11 Commission and the tortuous process by which some of its recommendations finally became ...

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