The Straits Times
Published on Nov 17, 2012

US pushing 'jobs diplomacy' after costly wars: Clinton


SINGAPORE (AFP) - The United States will push its economic interests more aggressively to preserve its global leadership after being tied down by two wars in the past decade, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday.

"We are shaping our foreign policy to account for both the economics of power and the power of economics," she said in a speech in Singapore en route to an Asia-Pacific summit in Cambodia to be attended by US President Barack Obama.

After a decade attending to "a war in Iraq that is now over and a war in Afghanistan that is winding down," Mrs Clinton said the "first and most fundamental task is to update our foreign policy and its priorities for a changing world". Even non-military powers are gaining clout "less because of their size of their armies than because of the growth of their GDP", she said.

"For the first time in modern history, nations are becoming major global powers without also becoming global military powers," she added, citing the example of Singapore, a city-state whose two-way trade with the United States now exceeds US$50 billion (S$61 billion).