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David Miliband(Archived), London
I will be in the US Sunday through Friday: the UN in New York with a focus on Burma and Afghanistan; Washington to deliver a speech on 'Dilemmas of Democracy' and hold talks with Secretary Rice; and then California at the invitation of Condi Rice for discussions on climate change with venture capitalists and on the re-emergence of China as a world power.
I want to say to my American and international counterparts that the UK has been a winner from globalisation; that along with other European countries we see the downsides of unsustainability and inequality; that the answer is not a retreat from international engagement; and that Britain wants to be part of a strengthened transatlantic partnership dedicated to building international rules and institutions that minimise the risks and maximise the gains of globalisation. There are some clear test cases: Afghanistan/Pakistan, trade, climate change, terrorism, Millennium Development Goals. In each case we need American engagement.
I think of the US as the least cynical nation on earth, with the greatest capacity to be mobilised for great causes. This week I will take its temperature.
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