Guam – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make a brief re-fueling stop at Andersen Air Force Base Friday afternoon. She’ll make some remarks to troops and meet with some GovGuam leaders.
For Clinton, this a major foreign policy trip. It starts Wednesday in Hawaii where she will delivery a speech on U.S. policy in the Pacific and meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara to re-affirm the importance of the Japan – U.S. Security Alliance amidst growing Chinese military activity in the region.
Guam is the next stop, a refueling stop. At Andersen Air Force Base she’ll make some remarks to service members and meet with some local leaders including Governor Felix Camacho who told PNC News that he expects to have no more than 10 minutes to speak with her.
However he intends to impress on Clinton the need for continued Administration support for improvements to Guam’s infrastructure.
The Governor also said that he will be anxious to hear the results of her discussions with the Japanese foreign Minister about the status of the base re-alignment on Okinawa which will directly effect the pace of the buildup here…and he intends to push for help from the state department on getting the china visa waiver program approved.
Speaker Judi Won Pat has not yet received an official invitation and she’s not sure yet which lawmakers will also have a chance to visit with the Secretary of State. She’s disappointed that the visit will be so brief and that issues effecting Guam will be discussed outside of Guam.