Clinton to travel to Perth, Adelaide and Singapore
WASHINGTON (AFP) - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Australia next week, joining up with Defence Secretary Leon Panetta for annual bilateral security and strategic talks, a US official said on Friday.
Mrs Clinton leaves on Sunday heading for Perth and the annual US-Australia meeting of ministers, where she will also meet Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Foreign Minister Bob Carr, a State Department statement said.
The Perth summit on Nov 14 comes after the arrival of US Marine and Air Force units to northern Australia, seen as evidence of an American "rebalance" towards the Pacific after a decade of ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
She will also travel to Adelaide to meet Australian business leaders as well as visit Techport Australia, a huge shipbuilding facility.