Women's issues top Hillary's agenda

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 June, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 June, 1998, 12:00am

US First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton is to focus on women's rights and health-care issues in her own busy schedule during the presidential visit.

In Hong Kong, Mrs Clinton's one major appearance will be a public round-table discussion with prominent local women.

The event, which is likely to take place at the Convention and Exhibition Centre on the morning of July 3, will focus on women's issues in the light of Hong Kong's return to Chinese sovereignty.

The White House, which announced Mrs Clinton's schedule yesterday, also said the Clintons' daughter, Chelsea, was almost certain to accompany her parents.

In Beijing, Mrs Clinton will lead a forum discussion with Chinese women and join US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the Women's Law and Legal Services Centre at Beijing University.

Also in the capital, Mrs Clinton will visit a joint project between physicians from America's Centres for Disease Control and the Beijing Medical Centre, which have been collaborating on research into the prevention of birth defects.

She will witness the signing of a medical research agreement between US and Chinese doctors.

Mrs Clinton will attend five major events in Shanghai.

The highlight is expected to be a keynote speech to women's groups in which she will review developments since the United Nations Women's conference in Beijing two years ago and announce an exchange programme between leading American and Chinese women.

She will also visit a girls' high school, a job retraining centre and a children's hospi tal that has been partly funded by American charities, including Project Hope.

At the hospital, she will meet characters from China's new version of the American children's television programme Sesame Street.