In Asia, Clinton's on a Mission to Listen

Secretary of State right at home on 'world stage'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 20, 2009 3:06 PM CST
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, poses for photos with students and officials after a meeting with them at Ewha Womans University in Seoul today.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)
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(Newser) – On her trip to China, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia, Hillary Clinton is making the most of long experience and enthusiastic crowds, the Washington Post reports. The secretary of state is on a listening tour, aiming to rehab the country's image. “There is a hunger for the United States to be present again,” she said. "Showing up is not all of life—but it counts for a lot."

Her reception in the generally sympathetic countries is closer to a rock star's than a diplomat's—the empress of Japan met her at her car—but she's relentlessly staying on message: She's all ears. “My trip here today is to hear your views,” Clinton told students in Tokyo, "because I believe strongly that we learn from listening to one another."