May 3rd, 2012
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The United States aims to promote stability in Central Asia by encouraging trade in the region, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton told CNN.

The American strategy focuses on bolstering north-south trade, linking India and Pakistan via Afghanistan to the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.

“If people are trading with each other, if they are investing in each other's countries, if they are engaged in commerce of all kinds, there develop relationships and, frankly, stakes in peace and security that are desperately needed,” Clinton told CNN’s Jill Dougherty.

“Security yes, we have to work on that, but what is really promising is the economic integration of the entire region,” she added.

But for many countries in the region, economic integration is seen as secondary to security. Instead of borders opening to trade, many are closing. But Clinton cited increased trade between India and Pakistan and across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as examples of progress.

She added: “There is an important idea of a pipeline that would carry gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan and Pakistan into India; all four countries are in support.

“There are roads and bridges being planned that come from Kazakhstan through Uzbekistan into Afghanistan that go through Turkmenistan to the sea. There’s just a lot of ideas.”

And she said trade could help combat extremism in the region. “Some countries would like to build a 20-foot wall because they worry about extremists from other places,” said Clinton. “That’s just not realistic in the 21st century. It’s far better to develop your economy to trade with your neighbours to give your young people jobs. That’s one of the best arguments against extremism.”

Clinton gave Uzbekistan as an example of U.S. investment, where an American automobile manufacturing plant is producing cars for export in the region.

“Each country has unique assets that can be capitalized on but no country alone can maximize their economic potential without opening their borders to more trade and investment,” she said. “So while we work bi-laterally with a lot of these countries to help them, we also continue to preach the idea of economic integration.”

She added: “We do have to put security at the forefront, and the United States has helped every one of these countries with security. But what is security for? It is to enable people to have a better life and one of those is by raising the stand of living and business, investment, and trade can do that.”

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. TingTong Ling

    We rov all furriners rong timey on 20 foot wall

    May 3, 2012 at 12:54 pm |
  2. Derek J. Rimmer

    Obama still hasn't made it clear that 40% of Saudi Oil Revenues belong to 9-11 widows and orphans, as well as equally doled out to ISAF/US military families who served in defense against the 15 Saudi Hijackers who did the 9-11 attack.

    Hillary Clinton is the true leader of democrats. Obama has his chance to clear the skies of lies, and take off his waterproof boots.

    King Abdullah is not the master of US policy, the US will never bow to someone who is still officially at war with Israel and who obviously perpetrated the 9-11 attack.


    May 3, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
  3. Bill

    It's amazing how the light bulb comes on when people discover that if you get with the program and play the game by some sort of civilized structure, everyone does just fine and their lifestyle improves! Who knew!

    May 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  4. Random

    Apparently Clinton has taken a lesson from Ron Paul. Love him or hate him, he's touted this idea for a long time.

    May 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  5. v v gita

    This is US foreign policy at its best! Instead of spending on the Military, Countries in South/Central Asia are being pushed towards greater trade. The Indian Government, which is being led by an Economist, has charted a foreign policy, driven by economic growth. This has resulted in opening borders on the East and West for greater trade. The US initiative will compelemt this effort and suddenly US Companies can benefit from a huge market of 2 billion people. Bravo Clinton

    May 3, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  6. tanja apter

    shutting down the cia, ned, and u.s embasies cant also fight extremism

    May 4, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  7. panda

    killing people also cures extremism

    May 4, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  8. ytuque

    Saudi Arabia does an extensive amount of trading, yet that country generates extremists by the thousands. Clinton doesn't know what she is talking about.

    May 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  9. b2ux

    you nor your husband know a thing about trade or business this is why your looser husband cost america over 6 million jobs and put us in the situation were in now with freetrade where is the fair trade in that were on the loosing end of the trade battle and its people like her and obama and the rest of there croonies that will finally sink this ship....

    May 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
  10. gggg55

    shes talking about opium and muslim extremism to weaken russia, india and china thats their whole idea, shes lying right when she starts to speak.

    May 5, 2012 at 7:43 am |
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