|Secretary Clinton at the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. U.S. State Department photo.|
While Campaign 2012 rages on in its full negativity mode and rumors swirl about a possible Clinton candidacy in 2016, the AP reports that hardworking Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on the job trying to calm Asian waters:
NEW YORK — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged China's top diplomat on Thursday to peacefully resolve increasingly tense maritime disputes with Japan and its smaller neighbors in Southeast Asia.
A senior U.S. official said Clinton had pressed Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on the importance of settling its conflicting claim with Japan over the Japanese-held Senkaku islands, called Diaoyu by China, along with numerous competing claims in the South China Sea with members of the Association of South East Asian Nations.
The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the private discussion between Clinton and Yang on the sidelines of the annual U.N. General Assembly and therefore requested anonymity. Clinton was expected to make the same case to Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba when she meets with him in New York.