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Clinton to visit China in coming Asia trip

By Adam Levine, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Secretary is adding visit to trip to Asia
  • Chinese requested she come to Hainan Island

Washington (CNN) -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a visit to China to her upcoming trip to Asia for "high level meetings" with her Chinese counterpart, the State Department announced Tuesday.

The meeting on Hainan Island, China with her Chinese counterpart will allow for a review of various issues ahead of the Chinese president's visit to the United States in early 2011, Kurt Campbell, assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, told reporters at the State Department.

"Everyone in Asia appreciates the need for a "cool-headed" constructive diplomacy between the United States and China in the current environment," Campbell said.

The trip from October 27 to November 8, will also include stops in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia.

Campbell said the two were planning to meet during the Vietnam leg but the Chinese recently requested Clinton come to Hainan Island instead.