Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is to travel to several Asian nations later this month to meet with senior government officials.
A State Department spokesman Sean McCormack Friday said Rice will visit Japan, China, South Korea, Malaysia and Vietnam from July 24th to the 29th.
The State Department says Rice is to meet with officials to discuss regional and global issues, including North Korea's recent missile launches and what it called Burma's lack of progress toward real democracy.
She is also to take part in meetings related to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Those meetings will be held in Kuala Lumpur on July 27th and 28th.
The trip will mark the secretary of state's first visits to Malaysia and Vietnam. It will also be Rice's first meeting with Vietnam's new leadership.