All of these issues – avian influenza, clean energy technologies, democracy – are central to Asia’s economic and stability. The US Government is actively addressing all these areas, and more, through robust, results-oriented programs.
But we know we cannot build better relations with Asia alone. We rely on the key role of the private sector -- businesses, civil society, educators, scientists and artists. We rely on the Asia Society, with its long history of fostering understanding between the United States and all the countries of Asia.
For that, and the opportunity to speak to you today, I thank you. And I wish you all success in the fifty years to come.